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Attitude of nurse about aids and illicit drugs

L A Siminoff, J A Erlen, S Sereika
To examine whether AIDS patients are stigmatized by nurses providing their care a study was conducted with 100 matched AIDS and general medical (GM) patients in two university and two community hospitals. Quality of care and avoidance behaviours were measured by direct, systematic observation during a concurrent 12-hour period. Stigmatizing attitudes of nurses were measured using standardized instruments of homophobia, fear of AIDS and attitudes toward illicit drug use. Nurses made more eye contact and touched AIDS patients more frequently then GM patients, however these differences did not reach the level of statistical significance They spent significantly more time with AIDS patients (W = 3134...
April 1998: AIDS Care
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