Stigma, AIDS and quality of nursing care: state of the science
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Anxiety; *Attitude of Health Personnel; Codes of Ethics; Fear; Homosexuality; Humans; Nursing Care; Nursing Staff; Questionnaires; *Stereotyping
Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
Reports of fear and psychological distress on the part of nurses when caring for AIDS patients have drawn attention to the real possibility that care for this very sick group of patients may be less than adequate. This paper reviews what is currently known about the attitudes of nurses and the care provided to HIV-infected individuals. The authors reveal the paucity of empirical data concerning quality of care and how the concept of stigma might serve to aid our understanding. The need for more research documenting the quality of care provided to HIV-infected patients is discussed.
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Citation: J Adv Nurs. 1991 Mar;16(3):262-9.