Published: 2021-09-27

A study to assess the problems and coping strategies among people living with HIV/AIDS at ART centre, Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Priyanka Tudu


Background: HIV/AIDS is one of the worst pandemics in today’s world that has a devastating physical and psychological effect. The virus has weakened the immune system of the body so much that they develop a number of different illnesses such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, persistent diarrhea and fever and skin infections.

Methods: A quantitative research approach, descriptive survey research design was undertaken to assess the problems and coping strategies among HIV/AIDS patients. Purposive sampling technique was adopted to select the 100 HIV/AIDS patients. The study was conducted was at ART centre, Capital hospital Bhubaneswar. Data was collected through questionnaire by interviewing method.

Results: The physical problems 76 (76%) had moderate problems and mean score (5.41±1.28), were psychological problems 60 (60%) had moderate problems and mean score (4.20±1.17) and financial problems 57 (57%) had moderate problems mean score (2.97±0.95). The coping strategies mean score (67.27±4.49). Chi square test was performed to find out the association between problems and coping strategies.

Conclusions: The study was concluded with recommendation for descriptive study on large sample.


Coping strategies, HIV/AIDS patients, Problems

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