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The quality of life of HIV-infected and non-infected women post-caesarean section delivery

Preshani Reddy, Jose M. Frantz
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 22 | a1020 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v22i0.1020 | © 2017 Preshani Reddy, Jose M. Frantz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 October 2017 | Published: 10 October 2017

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Preshani Reddy, College of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville Campus, Faculty of Health Science, South Africa
Jose M. Frantz, Faculty of Community and Health Science, University of the Western Cape, South Africa

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There is a dearth of literature on the postnatal quality of life (QoL) of women. This study aimed to determine to QoL of HIV-infected and non-infected women post-caesarean section delivery.This prospective, longitudinal and comparative study was conducted at four public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal. The participants were followed for six-months post-delivery and the QoL was measured using the SF-36 and the pelvic floor impact questionnaire (PFIQ-7). The results showed that the QoL of women were negatively affected post-operatively with the HIV-infected group scoring lower over the six-months. Understanding postpartum QoL problems is essential in efforts to provide effective comprehensive care.


Quality of life; HIV; Caesarean section delivery; Postnatal


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