Infectious diseases and therapy 2017 07 04() doi 10.1007/s40121-017-0164-z
Responding to patients’ needs and preferences is important in the delivery of outpatient care. Recent and systematically collected data reflecting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients’ opinions on how their outpatient care should be delivered are lacking. Our aim was to identify aspects of care that people with HIV in outpatient care in The Netherlands consider important and to evaluate the extent to which the received care meets their expectations.
We measured patient preferences and experiences in a nationwide sample of HIV-infected patients using a modified, previously validated questionnaire (QUOTE-HIV).
The aspects of care that were considered most important were specific expertise of the care provider in HIV medicine, the care provider taking the patient seriously and receiving adequate information about treatment options. In addition, confidentiality of HIV status at the outpatient clinic was a major concern. Patient experiences were positive, with the majority of the respondents indicating that they always or usually received care in accordance with their preferences.
HIV-infected patients greatly value having care providers with HIV-specific expertise. Safeguarding the privacy of HIV status and the provision of information about treatment options are matters that deserve continuous attention in the delivery of outpatient HIV care.