Bury, J.K., Ross, A., van Teijlingen, E., Porter, A.M. and Bath, G., 1996. Lothian general practitioners, HIV infection and drug misuse: epidemiology, experience and confidence 1988-1993. Health Bulletin, 54 (3), pp. 258-269.
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BACKGROUND: Lothian has a high prevalence rate of HIV infection associated particularly with injecting drug use in the mid-1980s. During the late 1980s a number of services were introduced to support general practitioners to care for drug users and people with HIV infection. AIM: To ascertain the practice distribution of patients with HIV infection and drug users, and the experience and confidence of Lothian GPs in a number of HIV and drug related tasks, and to see how these changed over a five year period after the introduction of support services. METHOD: Information about practice distribution of patients with HIV infection and drug users and information about GP experience and confidence was obtained from a survey of individual GPs in 1988. Two practice surveys in 1991 and 1993, using a chosen GP for each practice, gave information about practice distribution of people with HIV infection and drug users, while a second survey of individual GPs in 1993, concentrating on GP experience and confidence, acted as a follow up to the 1988 survey. RESULTS: GPs are in touch with an increasing number of people with symptomatic HIV infection. They are increasingly involved and confident in caring for drug users. Offering support and training to GPs appears to have encouraged their involvement. There are a significant number of people with HIV infection in Lothian who are not known to GPs or to hospital services. A combination of practice and individual GP surveys was found to provide the most reliable information. It is planned to repeat the practice survey in 1995.
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