What constitutes high-quality HIV/AIDS palliative care?

Journal of palliative care

PubMedID: 10693300

Armes PJ, Higginson IJ. What constitutes high-quality HIV/AIDS palliative care?. J Palliat Care. 2000;15(4):5-12.
The study assessed the components of high-quality HIV palliative care using the multidimensional model of quality assessment developed by Maxwell (4). Data collection consisted of interviews with individual subjects and focus groups. The interviews took place in three London health authorities. Seven service users and 74 providers of health care and voluntary services were interviewed. Maxwell's model identifies the components of high-quality HIV palliative care as: competent, skilled practitioners (effectiveness); confidential, non-discriminatory, and culturally sensitive care (acceptability); collaborative and coordinated care (efficiency); flexible and responsive care (access and relevance to need); and fair access for all clients (equity). Our results show that the six dimensions of quality appear to be inextricably linked from the client's point of view. Thus, service commissioners and providers need to examine all six of the dimensions when assessing the quality of HIV services. These findings may serve as a model for other palliative care services.