HIV-Infected Women's Relationships With Their Health Care Providers in the Rural Deep South: An Exploratory Study

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  • Through this qualitative study we explored the patient/provider relationships of rural HIV-infected women. Thirty-nine women from rural Alabama were recruited to participate in one of four focus groups. The focus groups were audiorecorded, and the participants were asked to complete surveys measuring patient/provider trust. The verbatim-transcribed audio recordings were analyzed using content analysis. The participants' descriptions of their relationships with health care providers were represented by three major thematic categories: caring, informative, and competent. These findings provide a foundation for further research on the role of patient/provider relationships in the health outcomes of HIV disease in rural, resource-poor settings. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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  • Boehme AK; Moneyham L; McLeod J; Walcott MW; Wright L; Seal P; Mugavero M; Norton WE; Kempf MC
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  • 403
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  • 419
  • Volume

  • 33
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  • 4