Campbell, A.; Scott, Angella A.; Stanley, S.; Wright, I.; Bancroft, Y.; Duff, Edith M.; Bailey, Ellen Y.; Kahwa, Eulalia; Manning, D.; Hewitt, Hermi H.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
UWI School of Nursing
Quality of Life of Informal Home-Based Caregivers of Persons with HIV/AIDS [Abstract]
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: To determine the quality of life (QOL) of informal home-based caregivers of persons with HIV/AIDS and test the use of the WHO-QOL-100 instrument in Jamaica. Method: The pre-tested WHO-QOL-100 and 10-item introductory questionnaire were administered to a purposive sample (n = 30), 89% females and 11% males, at the Centre for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Services(CHARES). Inter/intra interviewer instrument reliabillity was 90%. Data were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Conclusion: The respondents are mostly young, female and well educated. Many of the respondents were HIV-positive and were caring for their relativs or spouses. Working capacity and spirituality were the highest positive contributors to QOL. The scores suggest that the majority did not experience an optimum QOL and financial problems may hav econtributed to this. This pilot study successfully used the WHO QOL-100 instrument on a small sample of the Jamaican population. Further testing of this instrument is required.....