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Citation:  Rodger, A.J., Brecker, N., Bhagani, S., Fernandez, T., Johnson, M., Tookman, A., & Bartley, A. (2010). Attitudes and barriers to employment in HIV-positive patients. Occupational Medicine, 60 423-429.
Title:  Attitudes and barriers to employment in HIV-positive patients
Authors:  Rodger, A.J., Brecker, N., Bhagani, S., Fernandez, T., Johnson, M., Tookman, A., & Bartley, A.
Year:  2010
Journal/Publication:  Occupational Medicine
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqq077
Full text:  https://academic.oup.com/occmed/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/occmed/k...   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  There continue to be high unemployment rates for individuals who are HIV-positive.
Purpose:  This study examines the attitudes regarding barriers to employment as well as some client expectations of workplace responsibilities and how they navigate these as individuals who are HIV-positive.
Setting:  Royal Free HIV Department in the United Kingdom, 2008-2009.
Study sample:  545 individuals who were HIV-positive participated in surveys. Majority were aged between 41 and 50 years old. The majority of the sample was white (69%) and majority were male (82%). Majority of participants were working at time of survey (83%).
Findings:  Individuals who were unemployed had statistically significantly poorer psychological health. Of those who were working, they were significantly more likely to believe that being employed was good for their overall health. Of those not working, individuals had negative perceptions of their ability to obtain and maintain employment.
Conclusions:  Due to the perceived barriers to employment, individuals who are HIV-positive, particularly men, may require additional psychological support in order to obtain and maintain employment.

Disabilities served:  HIV / AIDS
Populations served:  Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment
Part-time employment