The AIDS Pandemic: A Nursing Model


Address correspondence to Marie Talashek, Department of Public Health Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, 845 South Da-men Ave., Chicago, IL 60612.


The pandemic of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) calls for global cooperation to develop strategies for interventions both to prevent the disease and to care for persons with it. The conceptual framework “Health for all: A model for nursing's contributions” provides guidance for the processes of assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation of care, and evaluation of mortality and morbidity related to AIDS. The disease challenges the biologic, sociologic, medical-technical, and environmental determinants as they affect health. Specific recommendations for health care interventions are relevant to each determinate, with community health status as the focus.