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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 195-199

Satisfaction of the clients attending integrated counseling and testing center in a teaching hospital of North-Eastern India: An observational study

1 Immunization Officer, IGM Hospital, Agartala, Tripura, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Agartala Government Medical College, Agartala, Tripura, India

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Himadri Bhattacharjya
Department of Community Medicine, Agartala Government Medical College, P. O. Kunjavan, Agartala - 799 006, Tripura
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajprhc.ajprhc_75_22

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Background: Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTC) provide counseling and testing for HIV to the clients. Satisfaction of the clients attending an ICTC determines its acceptance among people, and it is crucial for preventing this disease. Objectives: To estimate the level of satisfaction and to determine its association with sociodemographic parameters of the clients attending ICTC in a teaching hospital. Methodology: This hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted in October 2019 among 213 clients attending ICTC of Agartala Government Medical College, chosen by census technique. An interview schedule containing information regarding age, sex, marital status, education, socioeconomic class, along with a component for evaluating HIV counseling and testing services initially used by UNAIDS, was used for data collection. Results: Among the clients, 54.5% (116) were male, 45.5% were aged between 35 and 80 years, 79.3% were from rural areas, 87.8% were Hindu by religion, 33.8% belonged to scheduled caste community, 63.4% were primary educated, 35.2% belonged to BG Prasad's Class II socioeconomic status, 83.6% were married, and 10.3% attended ICTC by self-initiated approach. Only 39% of the clients were found to be satisfied with the services of this ICTC. Waiting time in queue was found to be significantly associated with client's satisfaction. Conclusion: The client's satisfaction level was found to be low. Reduction in queuing time, caring attitude, and use of the client's own language might improve the scenario.

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