FeatureA Qualitative Description of Women's HIV Self-Management Techniques: Context, Strategies, and ConsiderationsWebel, Allison R. PhD, RN; Dolansky, Mary A. PhD, RN; Henry, Anna G.; Salata, Robert A. MD Author Information Allison R. Webel, PhD, RN, is a Clinical Research Scholar at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, is an Assistant Professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Anna G. Henry works at Wittenberg University, Department of Biology, Springfield, Ohio. Robert A. Salata, MD, is Professor and Executive Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: July 2012 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 281-293 doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2011.09.002 Buy Metrics Abstract Women living with HIV face unique challenges managing their disease. The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to describe self-management techniques reported by 48 women living with HIV in the United States. Participants were involved in one 90-minute, digitally recorded focus group exploring aspects of HIV self-management strategies. Descriptive statistics, qualitative description, and content analysis were used to analyze the data. Participants had been living with HIV for an average of 12 years, and most (69%) were engaged in routine HIV care (85%) and were currently receiving antiretroviral therapy. Participants reported using self-management techniques: taking personal time (n = 23; 48%), advocacy (n = 12; 25%), sleeping (n = 17, 35%), attending support groups (n = 10; 21%), and attending medical appointments (n = 8; 17%). Nurses can add strategies to enhance HIV self-management to routine clinical care, which may have a positive impact on the health of women living with HIV. © 2012Elsevier, Inc.