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Exploring the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS among trauma nurses in the province of Kwazulu-Natal.
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PMID:  14596129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A qualitative study, using phenomenology as an approach was conducted. The title of the study was "Exploring the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS among trauma nurses in the province of Kwazulu-Natal". Participants were selected on the basis of category (registered nurses), workplace (level one trauma units), and work experience (six months experience in a trauma unit). Twelve nurses participated in the study, six from the state institutions and six from the private institutions. The objectives of the study were to explore the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS, its effect on their personal/working lives and how they coped with it. The findings of the study revealed that trauma nurses perceived themselves to be at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS from their working environment despite the available precautionary measures. Needlestick injuries appeared to be the main source of fear. They used different coping and defence mechanisms effectively to cope with this fear of contracting HIV and none were in any emotional crisis. Education at different levels and development of support networks has been recommended as the key strategies to decrease these fears. Other recommendations include improving the quality and availability of protective materials and equipment, making HIV/AIDS a notifiable disease as well as improving general and specific beliefs that increase coping.
B P Ncama; L R Uys
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Curationis     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0379-8577     ISO Abbreviation:  Curationis     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-04     Completed Date:  2004-01-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7901092     Medline TA:  Curationis     Country:  South Africa    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-8     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Nursing, University of Natal.
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / nursing,  transmission*
Adaptation, Psychological
Anxiety / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Catchment Area (Health)
HIV Seropositivity / nursing,  transmission*
Needlestick Injuries / psychology,  virology
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
Pilot Projects
South Africa
Trauma Centers*

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