A participatory approach to developing the HIV Nursing Research Strategy

Hilary Piercy1, John McLuskey2, Michelle Croston3 and Matthew Grundy-Bowers4
1Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University
2Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham
3Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
4Consultant Nurse, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

As an illness that has changed dramatically over the past three decades, HIV has kept healthcare professionals working in the field engaged and challenged. From the caution and concerns of an emerging infection in the early 1980s providing palliative and end-of-life care, through the development of successful drug therapies, and finally to its identification as a long-term health condition, health professionals caring for people with HIV have had to adapt their knowledge and skills to meet their client group. Nurses have played an important role in the adaptation of care priorities and knowledge acquisition though the delivery of evidence-based clinical practice and research development when the evidence did not exist. This article outlines how the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) in the UK explored the research priorities for nurses in the changing environment of HIV nursing care and management in order to develop a progressive nursing research strategy. Read more. . .