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Issue 19.4

Editorial 19.4

Welcome to the fourth and final issue of HIV Nursing for 2019! This issue includes five articles covering a range of topics, such as engaging with hard-to-reach patients, communication skills in practice, palliative care and HIV, and conference reports from Italy and Australia.

Ian Hodgson
Independent Consultant in Global Health

Models and benefits of palliative care for the quality of life of people with HIV: a systematic review

This review aims to systematically describe and assess the models and benefits of palliative care for the quality of life of people with HIV.

Aulia Latif & Andi Masyitha
RN & Faculty of Nursing, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia

CPD: HIV and communication skills for practice

The quality of communication in interactions between HIV specialist nurses and patients has a major influence on patient outcomes. As nurses, we have a responsibility to continuously strive to improve our communication skills as poor communication can be damaging and lead to confusion and poorer patient outcomes. Where communication is poor, patient care and outcomes suffer. As HIV specialist nurses, communication is an integral part of our role and could be argued to be the most important skill.

Robert Downes & Elizabeth Foote
HIV Community Clinical Nurse Specialists & Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

CPD:HIV and communication skills for practice self-assessment quiz

Test your knowledge and understanding by completing this quiz. You could do this before reading the article and then return to it afterwards to see how much you have learnt.

CPD: HIV and communication skills for practice; quiz answers

Answers for CPD self assessment quiz on HIV and Communication skills for practice.

Nurse leadership: a report from the 2019 European HIV Nursing Conference, 21–22 September 2019, Rome, Italy

In September 2019, the 3rd European HIV Conference for nurses working in HIV care was held in Rome, Italy. The majority of the 100 or so attendees hailed from the European region, and included three nurses from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The conference was hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in association with the European HIV Nursing Network (EHNN), Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC, US), and the National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA, UK).

Ian Hodgson
Conference Co-chair

Report from the 2019 Australasian HIV & AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences, 16–19 September 2019, Perth, Australia

The 2019 Australasian HIV & AIDS and Sexual Health Conferences were attended by over 700 delegates with a record number of nurses.Key topics were the impact and response to the syphilis outbreak in Australia, decriminalisation of HIV, trans and gender diverse sexual health and the responsibility of Australia to support our closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea to achieve the UN 90-90-90 HIV goals

Melinda Hassall, Penny Kenchington, Shannon Woodward
Clinical Nurse Lead Nursing Program, ASHM,Nurse Practitioner,Nurse Practitioner; President ASHM

NHIVNA Best Practice Guideline: Rules of engagementfor ‘hard-to-reach’ patients living with HIV

In this best practice guidance we will examine the importance of meaningful engagement between people living with HIV and health care, clarify the terms ‘hard to reach’, ‘meaningful engagement’ and examine why some individuals struggle to engage in care. The guidance section will suggest ways to overcome highlighted issues.

Pauline Jelliman
Former Clinical Lead HIV and TB Community Services, Liverpool, UK