Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/2217
Title: Acceptance of a ready-to-use supplementary food by stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients
Authors: Pillay, K. 
Siwela, M. 
Feldman, F.J. 
Amonsou, Eric Oscar 
Mabaso, B.P. 
Keywords: Consumer acceptability;Ready-to-use supplementary food;HIV;Tuberculosis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: NISC (Pty) Ltd and Taylor & Francis
Source: Pillay, K. et al. 2014. Acceptance of a ready-to-use supplementary food by stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 27(1)
Journal: The South African journal of clinical nutrition (Online) 
Abstract: Objectives: The objective of the study was to determine consumer acceptance and perceptions of a ready-to-use supplementary food (RUSF) by subjects treated for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected subjects).

Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted.

Subjects: One hundred and thirty-nine stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients participated in the study. Sixty-eight healthy subjects served as the control group.

Setting: The setting was Northdale Hospital and Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

Outcome measures: Acceptance of the RUSF was assessed using a five-point facial hedonic scale by stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients (n = 139) from Northdale Hospital and Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. Perceptions of the RUSF were determined through focus group discussions in which HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated patients (n = 43) participated.

Results: The overall acceptance of the RUSF was significantly associated with the health status of the subjects (p-value < 0.05). Overall, the product was liked by more than 90% of the HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated individuals compared to 85% of the control group. More than 90% of the HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated individuals liked the taste, compared to 87% of the control group. The colour and mouth feel were rated to be “good” by more than 80% of the HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated group, compared to approximately 70% of the healthy group. Focus group discussions revealed that the subjects perceived the mouth feel of the RUSF to be “rough”, and that as a health supplement, the RUSF should be provided free of charge, or at a reasonable cost, at public health centres.

Conclusion: The RUSF was found to be highly acceptable to stable HIV-treated and HIV and tuberculosis (co-infected)-treated subjects, although concern was raised about the mouth feel.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/2217
ISSN: 1607-0658 (print)
2221-1268 (online)
Appears in Collections:Research Publications (Applied Sciences)

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