What is the relationship between health care workers' knowledge of HIV/AIDS and their attitudes toward patients with the disease?
H1. There will be a direct, positive correlation between HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes toward patients with the disease. That is, as health care worker knowledge about HIV/AIDS increases, positive attitudes towards patients with the disease will increase.
H2. There will be a direct, positive correlation between HIV/AIDS knowledge and the quality of care rendered to patients with the disease. That is, as health care worker knowledge about HIV/AIDS increases, levels of quality of care rendered to patients with the disease will increase.
A. Health Care workers - all workers in the health care environment, including both top-level workers such as doctors and nurses, and lower-level workers such as health care aids and other staff.
B. HIV/AIDS knowledge - measured by the HIV/AIDS knowledge survey.
C. Care Worker Attitudes - measured by the Care Worker Attitudes survey.
D. Quality of Care - measured by quality care assessment scale.
This study will demonstrate the need to extend HIV/AIDS teaching and training to all levels of health care workers. It will also demonstrate that the quality of care rendered to HIV/AIDS patients is raised when this training is extended throughout the entire health care staff.
The conceptual framework will be developed around Chang (1994) and his work on HIV/AIDS related knowledge, attitudes, and preventative behavior.
Assumptions include the existence of a representative sample, the reliability and validity of the research measures, and a correct research design.
Pearson Product Moment Correlation will be used to assess the hypotheses.