Positive and stigmatizing interactions between people with HIV and health care providers

SE Stutterheim, A.E.R. Bos, Lenneke Sicking, L. Lechner

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    Abstract

    People living with HIV experience stigmatization in numerous settings including health care. Through semi-structured interviews, we explored the perspectives of both PLWH (n=22) and health care providers (n=14) on their interactions. PLWH reported a number of negative and positive experiences. Negative experiences included awkward interactions, rude behaviour, excessive precautions, compromised care, and breached confidentiality while health care providers perceived their interactions to be adequate and appropriate.
    Positive experiences were being treated equally, receiving extra attention, feeling valued, social support provision, and assurances of confidentiality. Health care providers reported having limited but adequate HIV-related knowledge and feeling that their interactions with PLWH are appropriate and professionals. At the same time, they reported taking extra precautions and labelling patient files to reduce occupational risks. These findings point to a discrepancy in the perception and experience of interactions between PLWH and health care
    providers. They also suggest that stigmatization on the part of health providers is likely unintentional and instrumental rather than symbolic. Implications for interventions will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event8th Biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference - University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 22 Jul 201324 Jul 2013
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    Conference8th Biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference
    Abbreviated titleISCHP
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityBradford
    Period22/07/1324/07/13
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    Patient and Provider Perspectives on HIV and HIV-Related Stigma in Dutch Health Care Settings

    Stutterheim, S. E., Sicking, L., Brands, R., Baas, I., Roberts, H., van Brakel, W. H., Lechner, L., Kok, G. & Bos, A. E. R., 1 Dec 2014, In : Aids Patient Care and Stds. 28, 12, p. 652-665 14 p.

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    Stutterheim, SE., Bos, A. E. R., Sicking, L., & Lechner, L. (2013). Positive and stigmatizing interactions between people with HIV and health care providers. Paper presented at 8th Biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology Conference, Bradford, United Kingdom.