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Experiences of HIV/AIDS home-based caregivers in Vhembe district of the Limpopo Province

N.S. Mashau, M. Davhana-Maselesele
Curationis | Vol 32, No 4 | a985 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v32i4.985 | © 2009 N.S. Mashau, M. Davhana-Maselesele | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2009 | Published: 28 September 2009

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N.S. Mashau, Department of Public Health, University of Venda, South Africa
M. Davhana-Maselesele, Faculty of Agriculture, Science and Technology, North West University (Mafikeng Campus), South Africa

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The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of HIV and AIDS home-based caregivers in the Vhembe district of Limpopo Province. A qualitative research design which was exploratory, descriptive and contextual was executed with a sample of purposively selected participants who provided home-based care to people living with HIV and AIDS in the Vhembe district of Limpopo Province. Data saturation occurred after in-depth interviews with fifteen participants. In-depth individual interviews and field notes were also used during data collection.

The findings reveal that HIV/AIDS home-based caregivers express pain and despair when caring for HIV/AIDS patients. The theme was supported by the following categories and subcategories: problems related to stigma when caring for patients at their homes; stress, burnout, frustration and feelings of helplessness when caring for patients. Recommendations that are described focus on building a working relationship between the home-based caregivers, community and the family.


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