Racial/Ethnic Attitudes towards HIV Testing in the Primary Care Setting: METHODS

An anonymous, self-administered cross-sectional survey of primary care outpatients was conducted from April until August 2002 at a group of community health centers affiliated with Providence Ambulatory Community Health Centers, Inc. (PACHC) located in Providence, Rl.

Sites and Subjects

A convenience sample of 101 respondents attending the health centers was obtained. PACHC clinics were chosen because they are multidiscipli-nary sites that primarily serve impoverished under-served minorities in a primary care outpatient setting. All adults present in the waiting rooms of the clinic were approached for participation in the survey by a single recruiter. The only exclusionary criteria for participation were age less than 18 years old and inability to speak/read either in Spanish or English. Patients were compensated in the form of a $10 gift certificate to a local supermarket chain. The study was approved by both Lifespan’s and PACHC’s institutional review boards. finasteride online


Respondents were invited to complete a 45-item pen-and-paper instrument with questions on demographics, personal risk factors as well as beliefs, attitudes and knowledge about HIV/AIDS. The Flesch-Kincaid grade level for the questionnaire was 5.9. The instrument was self-administered anonymously for 99 of the respondents. To be more inclusive, the questions were translated into Spanish approximately halfway through the study. An independent interpreter checked the translation of the original instrument for accuracy and readability.

Data Collection

All clinic sessions (morning, afternoon and evening) were visited. However, the majority of the interviews were done during the afternoon sessions due to the large number of appointments scheduled during these hours. Collection continued until the target number of participants was achieved. The response rate (excluding those unable to complete the questionnaire due to language barriers) was estimated to be greater than 90%. Frequencies and descriptive statistics were conducted in SPSS and SAS. flomax 0.4 mg


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