Assessing acceptability and needs of mobile-based health intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS in China: Perspectives from health care providers and patients
Methods: We conducted qualitative interviews with 18 healthcare providers and 13 PLWHA in a large city in South China. Each individual in-depth interview was audio-taped and transcribed verbatim. We used thematic content analysis with Atlas ti to analyze the data.
Results: All healthcare providers welcome the idea of mobile-based intervention for PLWHA. Some had used some online social media for basic outreach and communication with patients. They believed mobile tools could facilitate patient-provider communication, update information with patients, and enhance social support for PLWHA. Most PLWHA supported a mobile-based program with a few exceptions of elderly who didn’t use smartphones. Patients were especially eager to receive up-to-date information on medical treatment, available resources for PLWHA, counseling on reproductive and sexual health, and mental health services. They also expressed concerns on privacy and confidentiality with mobile-based program.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Describe the advantages and challenges of mobile-based programs for PLWHA. Identify the needs of HIV continuum care from the perspective of both healthcare providers and PLWHA. Design culturally-appropriate strategies of using mobile tools to provide care and services for PLWHA in middle- and low-income countries.
Keyword(s): Telehealth, HIV/AIDS
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have 15 years of experience of doing research on behavioral intervention on HIV/AIDS.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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