Use of the wellness thermometer to improve consultations for patients with human immunodeficiency virus
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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
Aim

To evaluate the effectiveness of using the wellness thermometer in healthcare consultations with patients with HIV.

Method

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.

Results

A total of 231 patients completed the survey. It was found that 80% (n = 185) of patients felt the wellness thermometer helped to identify their concerns, while 79% (n = 182) of patients felt the wellness thermometer improved their conversation with the healthcare professional. Of the 12 healthcare professionals who completed the survey, most felt that the tool helped patients to identify their concerns (n = 10) and that it was easy to use (n = 11).

Conclusion

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.

Correspondence michelle.croston@yahoo.com

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 2017

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

None declared