Satisfaction with peer educators among HIV infected persons

Jiraporn Suwanteerangkul, Suwat Chariyalertsak, Peninnah Oberdorfer, Darawan Thapinta, Albert W Wu, Avina Sarna, Philip Guest

Abstract


Background An insuffi cient number of health personnel and excessive workload have
been common barriers for the provision of adequate HIV care in Thailand. HIV patients are
often discouraged when they experience medication side effects as they commence highly
active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Peer educators present a potential solution to this
problem. This report focuses on patient satisfaction with the activities of peer educators.
Method Two hundred and twenty three people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) were
enrolled into this study following initiation of HAART. A structured interview was used.
Complete data of 219 participants at month 4, and 211 at month 12 after initiation of
HAART were collected. Focus group discussions were held in 4 selected hospitals.
Descriptive statistical analyses were performed. Paired t-tests were carried out to compare
satisfaction difference between month 4 and month 12. Content analyses of qualitative
data were done.
Result The mean age of participants was 35 (range: 18-73 years) and 53% of them were
male. Their need for home visits by peer educators was higher at month 4 than at month
12. Participants expressed a high satisfaction rate with peer educators (time provided;
willingness to listen; ability to explain; convenience in making contact when necessary;
client comfort in talking to them; attentive to the condition; and provision of help, advice
and encouragement in taking anteretroviral (ARV) medications at month 4 as well as month
12.
Conclusion Peer educator intervention could be successfully deployed to support PLHA
and help them adhere to antiretroviral medication. Chiang Mai Medical Journal
2009;48(3):95-104.

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