Utilisation of the national antiretroviral therapy guidelines among health care professionals working in Abuja treatment centres, Nigeria

SOURCE: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.I.Zungu, U.O.Abu, G.O.Ogunbanjo, G.K.Setswe
DEPARTMENT: Public Health, Societies and Belonging (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5977
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/4695
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/4695

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Access to and utilisations of the National Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines (NATG) are valuable factors for effective programme implementation. The objective of this study was to treatment centres in Abuja, Nigeria. A quantitative cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted in 2007 using purposively sampled health care professionals. Questionnaires were self-administered to participants who consented in writing to participate in the survey. 97 health care professionals participated in this study with about equal numbers of men and women: 48 (49.5%) women and 49 (50.5%) men. Of these, 21.6% were unaware of the existence of the NATG in their treatment centres. More than half (51.5%) reported that they did not have access to the NATG as opposed to those (48.5%) who had access to the guidelines. Furthermore, 16.5% of indicated that they had individual copies and only 3.1% stated that they had individual copies and access to the hospital copy as well. Regarding utilisation of the NATG, 41.2% rarely used them, 32.9% never used them and only 25.7% often used them. The most frequent use of the NATG was among pharmacists (38.1%) compared to the least frequent use among nurses (20.0%). Poor accessibility of the NATG may have a negative impact on guidelines utilisation among health care professionals in Nigeria.