Date of Graduation
School of Medicine
Introduction. Placement of HIV/AIDS infected individuals into geriatric long-term care facilities has been a problem since the beginning of HIV/AIDS. Specific aims. The objective of this study was to determine how prepared West Virginia nursing facilities are to deal with the HIV/AIDS population. Methods. An anonymous mailed survey guided by the organizational change theory was sent to all 144 certified nursing facilities within the state. Questions were asked about current policies, procedures, education, concerns, resources, and experiences specific to HIV/AIDS. Results. A total of 72 surveys were returned for a response rate of 50%. Most facilities (71.8%) offered educational programs about HIV/AIDS. Particular concerns about placement were: cost of care (57.7%); and fear of infection (43.6%). The majority of facilities (54.9%) indicated they would accept HIV/AIDS infected persons, but only 7% of facilities were currently caring for one. There were few differences between study variables and size of nursing facility.
Bell, Valarie Ann, "Perceptions of HIV/AIDS in West Virginia nursing facilities" (1999). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 1024.