Use of the wellness thermometer to improve consultations for patients with human immunodeficiency virus
Michelle Croston Specialist nurse, infectious diseases, North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, England
Jenny Petrak Consultant clinical psychologist, Homerton University Hospital, London, England
Andrew Ustianowski Consultant, infectious diseases, North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, England
To evaluate the effectiveness of using the wellness thermometer in healthcare consultations with patients with HIV.
This was a service evaluation that was undertaken in three UK HIV clinics in 2014. After using the wellness thermometer, patients and healthcare professionals completed a survey to indicate whether they felt the tool improved their consultations.
A total of 231 patients completed the survey. It was found that 80% (
There are several benefits associated with using the wellness thermometer in healthcare consultations, and it may support patients with HIV to report any concerns they have in relation to their treatment and quality of life. The authors hope envisage that the tool will become a routine part of the care of these patients.
Nursing Standard. 31, 41,46-53. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10411
Received: 12 January 2016
Accepted: 07 April 2017
Published in print: 07 June 2017Peer review
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