A cross-sectional survey to assess the impact of the paediatric HIV/AIDS epidemic on the hospital-based health care system was performed in state-financed hospitals in Catalonia during 1992, raising issues of relevance today.
Out of the 27 hospitals contacted, 20 responded.
A considerable proportion of the health care to children with an HIV-related condition was provided by four hospitals.
The average length of stay of the 176 HIV patients who were admitted was 10.8 days ; these patients were admitted to the hospital twice a year on average.
Nearly half of the out-patients who attended with an HIV-related condition were either seropositive without a confirmed diagnosis of an HIV infection (class P-0) or seronegative.
Thirteen per cent of the overall admissions to paediatric day care hospitals were attributable to an HIV-related condition.
By ownership status of the hospitals, HIV/AIDS paediatric in-patients of public hospitals generated the majority of admissions per patient per year, and had the shortest lengths of stay.
Unlike the HIV/AIDS epidemic in adults, the magnitude and characteristics of the epidemic in children may not require the shift of hospital-based health care to primary health care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Espagne, Europe, Enquête, SIDA, Virose, Infection, Hôpital, Système santé, Enfant, Homme, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Spain, Europe, Survey, AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Hospital, Health system, Child, Human, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0443334
Code Inist : 002B06D01. Création : 03/02/1998.