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Social Work

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LEKGANYANE, Robert. Motivational factors for caring for people living with HIV in South Africa: home-based caregivers' experiences. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2020, vol.56, n.4, pp.478-493. ISSN 2312-7198.

This qualitative study, based on Loretta Williamss middle-range theory of caregmng dynamics, explores and describes the motivations of home-based caregivers in caring for people living with HIV (pLHIV). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with twenty-five home-based caregivers from three provinces of South Africa. The study underscores Williams's theory. It revealed that caregivers are motivated by experiencing caregiving as a divine calling; a need for self-fulfilment; an innate passion; a response to personal experiences (having a sick family member, or who is HIV-infected); an alternative career (to nursing or social work); a form of employment; and utilising existing experiences and skills.

Keywords : caring; caregiver experiences; motivational factors; HIV; home-based care; people living.

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