Provider and Administrator Experiences With Providing HIV Treatment and Prevention Services in Rural Areas

AIDS Educ Prev. 2017 Feb;29(1):77-91. doi: 10.1521/aeap.2017.29.1.77.


Using Andersen's behavioral model of health services use, this study analyzes data from 62 semistructured interviews of providers and administrators at health clinics and social service agencies in rural Florida. Andersen's model addresses predisposing, enabling, and need factors that influence health services use. ATLASti was used to code all interviews and to extract HIV-related themes. The aim of this study was to: (1) add a new dimension to the literature on HIV care services in rural areas, (2) reveal factors that impact ability to provide care to PLWH in rural areas, and (3) suggest ways in which providers and administrators may address any unmet health care needs of PLWH. Respondents perceived systems factors to be more important determinants of access to care for individuals living with HIV and supported ongoing trainings that would increase staff understanding of the needs of people living with HIV.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Florida
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Needs Assessment
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Rural Population*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires