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Confidentiality in architectural space: A study of HIV healthcare facilities in Uganda
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5295-2482
2008 (English)In: Open House International, ISSN 0168-2601, Vol. 33, no 4, 53-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses and discusses spatial conditions contributing to confidentiality in HIV healthcare facilities carried out by two non-governmental organisations in Uganda, the AIDS Information Centre (AIC) and The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO). The provision of confidential space was found to be the most important architectural quality promoting client wellbeing, where Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) as well as ongoing services to people living with HIV ore provided. The study shows that confidential space is a requirement in a number of situations: when the client approaches the health centre; during the visit; and in the meeting between client, counsellor and medical staff. An unobtrusive location of the centre and separate, private counselling rooms are thus the mast favourable spatial conditions.

This article is based on a qualitative, explorative case study carried out in Jinja, Uganda during four months in 2004. Direct observation, interviews, primarily with clients and staff, spatial analyses and a qualitative content analysis were carried out.

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2008. Vol. 33, no 4, 53-62 p.
Keyword [en]
HIV Healthcare Facilities, Confidentiality, Architectural Design, Client Satisfaction, Stigma, Discrimination
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16242OAI: diva2:133504
Available from: 2009-01-12 Created: 2009-01-09 Last updated: 2015-04-22

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