HOLZEMER W.L. (2007) University of California, San Francisco International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research. International Nursing Review 54, 234-242 Aim: The University of California, San Francisco International Nursing Network for HIV/AIDS Research (the Network) is an international group of nurse scientists dedicated to research and education for the purpose of improving HIV/AIDS nursing care around the world. This article describes the evolution of the Network, as well as its structure, achievements and challenges. Background: Although HIV/AIDS has been around for over 25 years, millions of people are still affected by the disease every year. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reported that in 2005, there were 38.6 million people living with HIV around the world. In many parts of the developed and developing world, nurses are the primary caregivers for people living with HIV/AIDS, and they need up-to-date information about the daily management of the disease. The Network was established to respond to the need of HIV/AIDS nurses for relevant information to inform clinical care. The Network's main activity is a series of international multi-site collaborative research studies. Past studies have addressed issues such as medication adherence, symptom management and self-care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Network also hosts semi-annual meetings as well as a biannual international nursing science conference. Conclusion: The Network's flexible structure has proven to be one of its greatest assets, as well as a challenge. Although the Network faces challenges, it has proven to be a useful framework for conducting international collaborative activities related to HIV/AIDS and nursing science.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Collaborative Research
- Community of Practice