A national nurse-led audit of the standards for psychological support for adults living with HIV

The prevalence of psychological distress among people living with HIV (PLWHIV) is substantially higher than that of the general population, with PLWHIV twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. The National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) undertook an audit to assess whether standards for psychological support are being implemented in clinical practice. The intention was also to highlight gaps in service provision and identify training needs.

Are the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref and 15D adequate measures of quality of life in HIV-infected adults?

The WHOQOL-HIV-Bref has been widely used in the assessment of quality of life (QoL) in HIV, but it has never been simultaneously evaluated with any generic health-related QoL (HRQoL) instrument. The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref and compare it with the generic 15D HRQoL instrument in a sample of Finnish HIV-infected patients.

Nuno Nobre , Marco Pereira , Risto P. Roine , Jussi Sutinen, Harri Sintonen
Hartman Hospital, Finland,University of Coimbra, Portugal,Research Centre for Comparative Effectiveness and Patient Safety, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland,University of Eastern Finland,University of Helsinki, Finland

Naming HIV to children: it’s time to talk

This article is a review of the literature, a presentation of a UK audit, and future proposals. Informing a child, they are HIV positive remains a challenge for the family, carers and healthcare professionals. The appropriate time to talk to children about their HIV status has changed along with the timeline of medication development.

Katie Warburton (Rowson)
Senior Lecturer, University of Lancashire and CHIVA Health Lead

An exploration of student mental health nurses’ narratives about working with service users living with HIV

This article reviews student mental health nurses' narratives of working with service users with mental health problems and HIV. It is an explorative study including two student narratives reviewing their experiences. This study could be replicated on a larger scale to further explore students’ experiences of working with this service user group.

James Meek, Emma Jones, Nicola Kennedy, Martin Jones
Senior Lecturer,University of Central Lancashire,Student Mental Health Nurse,University of Central Lancashire

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