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HIV and AIDS. The 10 top messages for children (3)Sunday, December 29, 2013Marion Drew

I live in Lesotho in a rural area where the incidence of HIV/AIDs is high. I work with the children of our valley. Education of any sort on HIV/AIDs related topics is very poor. I am starting a children's centre where I hope among other things to provide children with relevant, useful information such as the information outlined below....

Some feedback on this mail, which I think is a very important one: difficult to translate) are way above a level that most primary school children in my area would be able to read and understand. Are these meant to be 'versioned' by people like us, or do we have to use them as they stand?



Meeting the information needs of patients - information about medications (10)Wednesday, January 6, 2010Nthabiseng Lebaka

In response to your concern Mary and all colleaques withregards to meeting the needs of patients. As a novice nurse way back early 80's, my experience with mentally ill patients is that of colors and shapes of drugs, if the manufacturers changed the color, size or shape we would see an influx of relapses because the tablets don't work as they said. Very limited information was given probably because we thought they would not understand or would not comply if they are told about their side effects. As a post graduate student 2002-2004 I adapted the Hidegard Peplau's "Therapeutic relationships from hospital to community" Theory and it has had a positive impact in patient education by nurses. The trend is slowly changing after 25 years. If patients misplace their clinic booklets they will tell you what they take, Haloperidol, Epilim, Melleril or something as well as the doses, at other times they will report back because "I have side effects to medication and I want it changed or reduced" especially common ones like extrapyramidal side effects, the nurses' work is to comfirm with their files what they are told. This is very encouraging because in mental health education about causes, symptoms, medication and possible side effects is done rigorously by the community mental health nurses. We still have a long way to go but there is a significant change between now and 1980.

Meeting the information needs of patients - information about medications (3) Monday, January 4, 2010Nthabiseng Lebaka

I fully agree with you that patients comply better when they are informed, moreover, there is a difference between Over The Counter (OTC's) and prescription drugs. If pharmacies are run by qualified professionals there is NO WAY a patient can get prescription drugs without a prescription. I am also worried about the secrets that we professionals keep from our patients especially those with chronic illnesses about the disease process that would better facilitate self care, yet the confidentiality that we all vowed to keep about patients from other people to protect their Rights is almost nil. Let us keep sharing and learning from one another.