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HIV/AIDS in different cultures

  • Desmond Ayim-Aboagye



HIV/AIDS is a disease that is taking many lives in Ghana and other countries in Africa. It is a disease that has infected people in Sweden, though not as many as Africa has reported. The present investigation concerns how HIV/AIDS patients in Ghana, a cultural tropic climate, and patients in Sweden, the Nordic region, experience their pain.


With empirical data from both countries, the research will unveil how these patients cope or adapt to their illness with all the attention they receive from the environments and their native resources. Apart from the theoretical considerations where literature/secondary sources on the subject will be analysed, the investigation will administer Coping Experience Questionnaires (CEQ) and The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36 (SF36) to reach a deeper analysis on how they adapt to their illness and wellbeing. The study will also utilise both the Structured Interviewed (SI) and In-depth Interview (IDI) to muster relevant data about their experience with hospital environments, native resources, and human relations.

Results and conclusion

It is estimated that the results of the investigation will firstly, help doctoral students to comprehend coping strategies and differences in conditions with HIV/AID patients in diverse cultures, and secondly, help to understand psychiatry care of patients from different cultural climates.

Published Online: 2012-07-01
Published in Print: 2012-07-01

© 2012 Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain

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