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The impact and use of written leaflets as a counselling alternative in mass antenatal HIV screening.

Sherr, L; Hedge, B; (1990) The impact and use of written leaflets as a counselling alternative in mass antenatal HIV screening. AIDS Care , 2 (3) pp. 235-245. 10.1080/09540129008257736.

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Abstract

Pre-test counselling has been seen as a pre-requisite for HIV screening. As HIV moves into the heterosexual community, the role of HIV screening in ante-natal care has increased. As vertical transmission is the major contributor to perinatal infection HIV screening of pregnant women has become a reality. The pregnant population comprises large numbers, the practical difficulties of routine pre-test counselling and the informational demand from pregnant women themselves has necessitated the provision of ante-natal leaflets about HIV infection and AIDS. A survey of 24 London hospitals revealed only three leaflets in use, two from one hospital and one from an AIDS Charity. A content evaluation of the leaflets revealed varying readability, elements of bias and presentation factors which may all affect the usefulness of such leaflets. An in depth qualitative group on the leaflet with highest readability revealed particular concerns and highlighted the fact that the leaflets could be seen as additions and addendums to counselling but were not sufficient in themselves.

Type: Article
Title: The impact and use of written leaflets as a counselling alternative in mass antenatal HIV screening.
Location: England
DOI: 10.1080/09540129008257736
Keywords: Clinic Activities, Communication, Counseling, Data Collection, Delivery Of Health Care, Developed Countries, Diseases, Economic Factors, Education, England, Europe, Evaluation, Examinations And Diagnoses, Focus Groups, Health, Health Education, Health Facilities, Hiv Infections, Hospitals, Information Distribution, Mass Media, Needs, Northern Europe, Organization And Administration, Pamphlets, Pregnancy, Printed Media, Program Activities, Program Evaluation, Programs, Qualitative Evaluation, Reproduction, Research Methodology, Screening, United Kingdom, Viral Diseases, Counseling, Female, HIV Infections, HIV-1, Health Education, Humans, London, Mass Screening, Maternal Health Services, Pamphlets, Pregnancy
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/123840
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