An Exploratory Study of Health Care Providers’ Acceptance of Opt-Out HIV Testing in Western Australia
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In this first study of opt-out HIV testing in Australia, a needs assessment and systematic review of research on opt-out HIV testing indicated a need for a change in testing strategy. Next, a qualitative study of health care providers found dichotomous beliefs about opt-out HIV testing. The final study found that opt-out HIV testing was acceptable, and few patients opted out. Findings from this thesis form an initial evidence base to inform practice, research and policy.
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Leidel, S.; McConigley, Ruth; Boldy, Duncan; Wilson, Sally; Girdler, Sonya (2015)Background: Opt-out HIV testing is a novel concept in Australia. In the opt-out approach, health care providers (HCPs) routinely test patients for HIV unless they explicitly decline or defer. Opt-out HIV testing is only ...
Leidel, S.; Leslie, G.; Boldy, Duncan; Davies, A.; Girdler, Sonya (2017)© 2017 La Trobe University. This study explored opt-out HIV testing in an Australian general practice. The aims were to: (1) determine the effect of the opt-out approach on the number of HIV tests performed; and (2) explore ...
Leidel, S.; Wilson, Sally; McConigley, Ruth; Boldy, Duncan; Girdler, Sonya (2015)HIV is now a manageable chronic disease with a good prognosis, but early detection and referral for treatment are vital. In opt-out HIV testing, patients are informed that they will be tested unless they decline. This ...