Assessment of Quality of Life from HIV Counselling and Social Support among PLWHA Clinic Attendees in Specialist Hospital Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.05.04.Art001

Authors : J E Chiegil


The purpose of the study was to assess the quality of life from HIV counselling and social support among PLWHIV clinic attendees in specialist hospital Yola. A descriptive research was conducted. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire, where a total of 370 randomly selected PLWHA adult from the age of 18 years and above attending clinic at Specialist Hospital Yola participated in this study. Data was analysed using SPSS version 21.0. Descriptive statistics was used to analyse the demographic variables while tables and charts were used for the presentation of results. Pearson’s correlation was used between relevant variables while linear regression was used to predict outcomes. Statistical significance of this study was set at P≤ 0.05. The results indicate that most of the respondents were well informed (78.2%) about basic issues in HIV. This was like their levels of counselling and social support received (71.7%), perceived self-efficacy (63.8%), self-reported treatment adherence (80%) and self-reported quality of life (64.3%). This revealed that correct information, knowledge and awareness about basic issues in HIV and social support are very crucial to improving the behavioural skills and increase the level of confidence among PLWHA to perform adherent behaviours thereby significantly improve the quality of life of PLWHA clinic attendees.

Keywords: People living with HIV/AIDs, Quality of life, treatment adherence, information and social support.


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