Quality of HIV care higher in clinics than hospitals
According to the latest research from Wits University and Boston University in the US HIV patients in SA experience huge gaps in the quality of care although 96% of South Africans live within 10km of a health facility that provides antiretroviral treatment (ART),
Quality of care was higher in clinics versus hospitals, in rural health facilities rather than urban areas and in larger facilities. Quality was lower in areas with greater poverty. KZN scored best and Limpopo worst on starting treatment on time, retaining patients in care, suppressing viral load and monitoring patients for treatment failure. Researchers are convinced that targeting low-performing facilities for additional support could reduce the overall burden of disease and understanding the differences in quality of care over time could guide interventions to improve health outcomes.