The definition and utilisation of best practice HIV/AIDS interventions in large South African companies

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dc.contributor.author Whelan, Ronald
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-13T13:39:02Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-13T13:39:02Z
dc.date.issued 2007-11-13T13:39:02Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/3921
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT The ubiquitous effect of HIV/AIDS on workplaces in South Africa has increased the pressure on large companies to implement effective responses to the disease. As companies have begun to explore workplace interventions, several theoretical guidelines or codes of practice have come into existence and with this, the concept ‘best practice’ has been brought into the spotlight. With limited precedent to establish what ‘best practice’ really means, contemporary HIV/AIDS literature has yet to establish a clear understanding of the concept. As a result, critical questions have been raised around the value of ‘best practice’ in the workplace programmes of large South African companies and there has been a call for ‘best practice’ interventions to be more precisely defined. The research had two primary objectives. The first was to establish a greater level of understanding regarding the meaning of ‘best practice’ and of the specific interventions that make-up successful workplace programmes. The second was to determine the value of the ‘best practice’ in promoting and managing effective workplace programmes. The research employed an interpretive analysis as part of a qualitative methodology over a period of ten months. An in-depth thematic analysis of fourteen codes and guidelines and several ‘best practice’ documents formed the basis of interview research instruments. Data was collected during a series of thirty-nine in-depth interviews across twenty-one large companies and fifteen workplace HIV/AIDS experts, consultants and service providers. A focused research questionnaire - based on overlapping content in the codes and guidelines - was used to establish views regarding specific workplace interventions and to verify the existence of nine principal components of successful workplace programmes. The investigation of a wide range of perceptions and organisational factors found to affect the uptake and continuity of ‘best practice’ allowed for a greater understanding of the concept ‘best practice’ within the context of workplace HIV/AIDS programmes and enabled the development of a generic conceptual framework for companies to use in evaluating ‘best practice’ interventions. Within this, the research identified a specific need for renewed focus on the measurable outcomes and intensified efforts in promoting the continuous improvement of workplace HIV/AIDS intervention en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.subject Best practice en
dc.subject Corporate intervention en
dc.title The definition and utilisation of best practice HIV/AIDS interventions in large South African companies en
dc.type Thesis en


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