The aim of this study was to investigate the attitudes of doctors performing surgery to the HIV antibody testing of surgical patients.
Fifty of eighty (62.5%) doctors performing surgery who are working in two London teaching hospitals returned completed anonymous postal questionnaires.
Sixty-six per cent of the sample would like some from of compulsory testing of pre-operation patients, although most of them feel that this is only necessary for patients considered to be in « high-risk groups ».
Eighty-four per cent believe that this would ensure their safety from infection during surgery.
Forty-eight per cent agreed with testing patients without their consent.
Results suggest that most of the doctors performing surgery in this study agree with compulsory HIV antibody testing of pre-operative patients in the belief that this would protect them from infection during surgery.
The problems associated with compulsory testing and relying on such testing in order to protect doctors from infection during surgery are discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Dépistage, Préopératoire, Virus immunodéficience humaine, Attitude, Perception sociale, Chirurgien, Homme, Personnel sanitaire, SIDA, Lentivirinae, Retroviridae, Virus, Virose, Infection, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Medical screening, Preoperative, Human immunodeficiency virus, Attitude, Social perception, Surgeon, Human, Health staff, AIDS, Lentivirinae, Retroviridae, Virus, Viral disease, Infection, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0283220
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 01/03/1996.