Institutional and structural forms of HIV-related discrimination in health care : a study set in Beijing

Yang, Y., Zhang, K. L., Chan, K. Y. and Reidpath, D. D. 2005, Institutional and structural forms of HIV-related discrimination in health care : a study set in Beijing, AIDS care, vol. 17, Supplement 2, pp. S129-S140, doi: 10.1080/09540120500119874.

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Title Institutional and structural forms of HIV-related discrimination in health care : a study set in Beijing
Author(s) Yang, Y.
Zhang, K. L.
Chan, K. Y.
Reidpath, D. D.
Journal name AIDS care
Volume number 17
Season Supplement 2
Start page S129
End page S140
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-07
ISSN 0954-0121
Keyword(s) AIDS & HIV
AIDS & HIV infection
allied health
behavioral medicine
child & adolescent psychiatry & clinical psychology
counselling - social work
ethics & legal issues in mental health
HIV & AIDS counseling
health psychology
infectious diseases
medical sociology
psychiatry & clinical psychology - adult
public health - medical sociology
social policy
Summary This paper presents key findings of a situational analysis of institutional and structural levels of HIV/AIDS-related discrimination in Beijing, China, with a focus on the area of health care. Initially slow to respond to the presence of HIV, China has altered its approach and enacted strict legislative protection for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). In order to determine whether this has altered discrimination against PLWHA, this study examined existing legislation and policy, and interviewed key informants working in health care and PLWHA. The overall findings revealed that discrimination in its many forms continued to occur in practice despite China's generally strong legislative protection, and it is the actual practice that is hindering PLWHAs' access to health services. A number of legislative and policy gaps that allow discrimination to occur in practice were also identified and discussed. The paper concludes with a call to rectify specific gaps between legislation, policy and practice. An understanding of the underlying factors that drive discrimination will also be necessary for effective strategic interventions to be developed and implemented.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540120500119874
Field of Research 111709 Health Care Administration
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis Group Ltd
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