A physical symptom-based measure of quality of care for children affected by HIV/AIDS

Shan Qiao, Xiaoming Li, Guoxiang Zhao, Junfeng Zhao, Deepak Kamat

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Abstract

Based on cross-sectional data of 1,625 children aged 6–18 years who were affected by parental HIV/AIDS in central rural China, we evaluated a physical symptom-based measure of the quality of care (QOC_PS) for these children. The QOC_PS has acceptable reliability estimates for children of both genders, at a different ages, and by orphanhood status. Known-group validation and construct validity analysis demonstrated a good validity of QOC_PS indicator. The QOC_PS score was significantly associated with psychosocial well-being measures among children. The physical symptom-based measure provides a psychometrically appropriate indicator of quality of care for children affected by HIV/AIDS in China. It could be used as an alternative measure to assess the quality of care in resource-poor settings where other objective measurements are not available or feasible. Future research is needed to further validate the scale among children in different living environments across various cultural settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-286
Number of pages13
JournalVulnerable Children and Youth Studies
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • China
  • psychometric evaluation
  • quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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