Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe concept of information practice.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to explain information practices of persons living with HIV/AIDS.
Methods: The study employed a constructivist methodology that focused on how people develop information practices that enable them to construct knowledge about their health condition and treatment options. PLHA were recruited from outpatient HIV care sites. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis by a collaborative team of nursing researchers and scholars in information science.
Results: Participants included men and women, mean age 42. Information practices of PLHA included learning from peers and being involved in culturally situated peer support groups. Sources of information included printed materials and other PLHA who are living with and managing HIV information. Treatment and self-care strategies provided by other people who had direct personal experience managing HIV related treatment regimens were highly trusted.
Conclusion: Knowing the information practices of PLHA, particularly the variety of information sources used is useful for nurses when planning, implementing and evaluating patient educational strategies. For this patient population nurses could provide current information to peer-support networks as a way of supporting health promotion, prevention, and HIV management strategies for PLHA.
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