WCPT Africa Region Conference System, 9th WCPT Africa Region Congress

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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND WILLINGNESS OF NIGERIA PHYSIOTHERAPIST TO PROVIDE CARE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
Chidozie Emmanuel Mbada, Latifat Abiola Gbadamosi, Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin, Babatunde A. Adekanla, Taofeek Oluwole Awotidebe

Last modified: 2013-06-10

Abstract


The quality of care given by healthcare workers to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) believed to be influence by their knowledge, attitudes and willingness. Despite the emerging role of physiotherapists for PLWH, there is little information on their knowledge, attitudes and willingness to take care of PLWH. This study assessed the knowledge, attitude and willingness to provide care for people living with HIV/AIDS among Nigerian physiotherapists from some selected hospitals in south- western Nigerian

             An adapted questionnaire from previous studies among nurses and health care workers respectively was used for this cross-sectional survey. 135 questionnaires were distributed; only 126 were returned and fully completed yielding a response rate 93%. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statics of Chi-square. Significance was set at 0.05 alpha level. 

            The mean score for knowledge, attitude and willingness was 82.5 (out of 95.0), 8.5 (out of 40.0) and 12.5 (out of 15) respectively. 61.1% of the respondents had moderate knowledge about HIV/AIDS. 51.6% had positive attitudes towards PLWH and 90.5% of respondents were willing to care for PLWH. There was significant relationship between years of clinical experience and each of knowledge, attitude and willingness to provide care for PLWH (p=0.001).

                 In conclusion, Nigerian physiotherapists demonstrated satisfactory knowledge, positive attitudes and are willingness to provide care for PLWH. Years of clinical experience is an important determinant of the quality of care given by physiotherapist to PLWH.


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