Sigma Research

My Care, I Care: A study of what people with HIV value about NHS HIV services across London

Duration: January 2012 - March 2013

As part of a larger review of HIV services in London, the London Specialised Commissioning Group (SCG) commissioned Sigma Research to investigate the views of people with diagnosed HIV about the London NHS HIV services provided to them. The final report from the research, which included a large-scale self-completion survey and eight focus groups, is available to download here. It is also available in printed format, free to UK addresses here.

Almost 1400 people with diagnosed HIV self-completion the survey which was available in HIV clinics and online from early February to the end of July 2012. The survey covered: demographics, current service use, motivations for service choice, aspirations for service development and broader social care needs. Sampling and recruitment were controlled in an attempt to ensure a sample broadly representative of the population of people using HIV clinical services in London and to ensure representation from all 28 London clinics. The survey was promoted online by HIV organisations and some HIV clinics. In addition paper copies of the survey were administered by dedicated fieldworkers in all the 28 specialist HIV out-patients clinics in Greater London. Eight focus groups with key groups of people with HIV were used to investigate in more detail motivations for service use, satisfaction with services and aspirations and suggestions for service development.

The project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Key contact: Peter Weatherburn