Willingness to Care for Patients With HIV/AIDS
Nursing Ethics 2008 September; 15(5): 586-600
This study aims to describe and compare nurses' willingness to provide care for patients with HIV/AIDS and factors associated with this in three countries. An international cross-sectional survey was conducted among nurses working in medical, surgical and gynaecology units in Finland (n=427), Estonia (n=221) and Lithuania (n-185) in early 2006. The response rates were 75% (n=322) in Finland, 54% (n=119) in Estonia and 86% (n=160) in Lithuania. A modified version of a scale developed in 1994 by Dubbert et al. was applied. Our findings showed a general willingness of the nurse participants to provide care for patients with HIV/AIDS. However, this willingness varied both among and within countries and was also related to specific nursing interventions. The results underline the importance of providing education on ethical issues related to HIV/AIDS care in Europe and tailoring the content of this education to meet nurses' national educational needs.
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