226601 Satisfaction with healthcare providers among African American Women living with HIV: Results from a secondary data analysis of the Protect Respect Intervention for HIV positive women

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

Jillian Lucas Baker, DrPH, EdM , Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylania, Philadelphia, PA
Lisa Bowleg, PhD , School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Edward Gracely, PhD , Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel School of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
Jennifer Faerber, PhD , Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Michelle Teti, MPH, DrPH , Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Marla Gold, MD , School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Background: Satisfaction with healthcare providers (HCPs) has proven to be a predictor of behavior and health outcomes among HIV positive patients. Virtually no studies have examined the influence of HIV positive patients' satisfaction with HCPs on sexual risk behaviors. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the results of a secondary data analysis that examined whether satisfaction with HCPs had an impact on sexual behaviors of HIV positive African American women.

Methods: This study analyzed quantitative data from a predominantly low-income sample of 157 HIV positive African American women who ranged in age from 20 to 70 (M = 39.85; SD = 8.72) who participated in Protect and Respect, a sexual risk reduction program for women with HIV/AIDS.

Results: This study found that HIV positive African American women reported satisfaction and communication with their HCPs. However, satisfaction did not have any significant associations to condom use behaviors. Although this study found no significant associations between satisfaction with HCPs and condom use, findings indicated that contrary to existing literature, African American women living with HIV/AIDS can be satisfied with their HCPs and communicate about stigmatized topics.

Conclusions: In conclusion, this study provided insight into satisfaction with HCPs and health outcomes among HIV positive African American women. This was one of the first studies to find satisfaction with HCPs among HIV positive African American women. Given the disparities of HIV/AIDS infection among African American women, further research on their experiences with HCPs may prove to be vital to their health outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of satisfaction with health care providers among people living with HIV/AIDS. Describe the results of the study. Discuss implications of the findings.

Keywords: African American, Women and HIV/AIDS

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: This presentation contains data from my dissertation study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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