Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #102  -  E-Posters English
  50.26: E-Posters English (Poster) on Sunday   in  Chaired by
  Presenting Author:   Mr Saul Cobbing - UKZN, South Africa
  Additional Authors:  Dr. Jordi Casabona, Sra Cristina Sanclemente, Dra. Anna  Esteve, Dra. Victoria Gonzalez, Grupo HIVITS TS,  
The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of people living with HIV who underwent a physiotherapy rehabilitation programme, with the aim of informing and improving future physiotherapy rehabilitation interventions.
Method / Issue:
A qualitative research design was adopted, using the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health as a guiding framework. The study population included patients living with HIV who were referred for physiotherapy rehabilitation at a public-funded South African hospital. Eight participants were considered for final analysis in the study. In depth interviews were used to explore their experiences of their rehabilitation programme. Additionally all eligible participants were requested to complete the World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule.
Results / Comments:
Participants presented varying activity-related challenges with mobility, self-care and life activities being the most severely affected areas. Participants showed little understanding of their health conditions, prescribed medication and in some cases therapy. HIV and disability impacted their daily lives, adversely affecting work and domestic activities.
Although participants reflected positively on their physiotherapy experience they faced a number of barriers to accessing continued rehabilitation.People living with HIV who experience disability are affected in major life areas which have the potential to affect already fragile livelihoods. Rehabilitation has the potential to counteract these adverse effects. However the current model of delivering rehabilitation provides a number of barriers to patients. An alternative, more accessible approach of delivering HIV-care and rehabilitation needs to be developed.
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