Assessment of needs of adult symptomatic HIV patients in Hong Kong

Alexandros Molasiotis, P. Callaghan, S. F. Twinn, S. W. Lam

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A cross-sectional survey was designed to assess the physical, psychosocial, health behaviour and informational needs of symptomatic HIV patients in Hong Kong, using both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. Forty-six consenting adults from an outpatient clinic of a hospital in Hong Kong participated in the study. Results showed that up to 67.3% of the sample had partially or completely unmet needs in one or more areas of functioning. Major needs were related to income, social networking, family processes, money management and financial assistance. Only half the sample was satisfied with the information received related to their HIV infection and its management. Unsafe sexual practices were common, as well as smoking. Meeting these needs through policy making or practice could contribute to the enhancement of the quality of care and support provided to people living with HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-189
Number of pages13
JournalAIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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