Patients’ satisfaction with sexual and reproductive health services delivered in HIV clinics across European regions

Tom Platteau, Matthias C. Müller, Sibylle Nideröst , Péter Csépe, N Dedes, L Apers, W Schrooten, Christiana Nöstlinger, S Dias, Eurosupport 5 Study Group

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Abstract

Background: Throughout Europe, differences in satisfaction with HIV-care of people living with HIV (PLHIV) persist, despite a tendency towards harmonisation of policy and management. Methods: A European sample of 1,549 PLHIV responded to an anonymous questionnaire assessing demographic background, general health, mental health, sexual health, and HIV-service provision. We compared the results across 3 regions: Western, Southern and Central/Eastern Europe. Results: PLHIV differed in several socio-demographic variables (gender, migrant status, sexual orientation, and financial situation) as well as specific psychosocial aspects (HIV-related discrimination, satisfaction with sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in HIV-care settings, and complaints about service provision). Using multivariate analysis, a predictive model for satisfaction with SRH services in HIV clinics was developed, resulting into region of residence, and participants' satisfaction with their own health status as significant predictors. Conclusions: Better integration of SRH services in HIV-care should be encouraged. Service providers should be trained and encouraged to discuss SRH issues with their patients to create a supportive environment, free of discrimination. More time should be allocated to discuss SRH issues with individual patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)p. 123-127
Number of pages5
JournalCentral European Journal of Public Health
VolumeVol. 21
Issue numbern.º 3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Europe
  • HIV-care
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • People
  • Aids
  • Care

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