The relationship between psychosocial support and PMTCT uptake among HIV positive pregnant women at Chitungwiza Central Hospital.
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The study determined the relationship between psychosocial support and uptake of PMTCT among HIV positive pregnant women at Chitungwiza Central Hospital antenatal clinic. The independent variable was psychosocial support and the dependent variable was PMTCT uptake. Neuman’s systems model guided the study. A descriptive correlation study design was employed to examine the relationship between the variables. A simple random sample of 80 subjects was recruited and interviewed using a face to face structured interview schedule. The instrument had three sections, that is, demographic questionnaire. PMTCT uptake questionnaire and a psychosocial support questionnaire. Data was analysed using the Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS). Research questions were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics and Pearson Product correlational coefficiency test was used to determine the relationship between psychosocial support and PMTCT uptake. The statistical significance level was set at 5% or alpha< 0.05 and the results showed a moderate positive significant relationship between psychosocial support and PMTCT uptake. (r = .484 p < .01) implying that as psychosocial support increases PMTCT uptake increases. This study should contribute to a body of knowledge on Maternal and Child Health and Midwifery practice
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