Client satisfaction with HIV counseling services: A cross-sectional study from South India

Mohan K. Papanna, Pawan Kumar, Avinash Shetty, Asha Kamath, Unnikrishnan Bhaskaran, Sahoo Saddichha

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Abstract

Background: Client satisfaction is a good predictor of performance of health programs. Hence, clients' perception and satisfaction studies provide insight to improve the program. Purpose: To assess clients' perception and satisfaction with Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres (ICTCs) for HIV in an operational setting. Methods: A total of 191 client exit interviews from 12 ICTCs. The clients were stratified into general and antenatal clients. A systematic random sampling was done at high client load centers. Results: Cumulative client satisfaction was found to be 60% (±24%). Most of the clients (76%) agreed that counseling cleared doubts about HIV and found counseling beneficial (71%). Only 32% of the clients could recall issues discussed during the sessions. However, 92.5% were satisfied with ICTC facilities. Conclusions: Poor perception and low satisfaction with ICTCs needs to be addressed as this could have a direct bearing on the program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 05-2013

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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