Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS
This study is assessing the extent of spirituality in patients with HIV/AIDS and will determine the relationship between spirituality, health status, and the will to live.
|Study Design:||Additional Descriptors: Convenience Sample
Additional Descriptors: Psychosocial
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS|
|Study Start Date:||February 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||February 2004|
Approximately 1,000,000 Americans have HIV/AIDS. Although advances in treatment have made HIV/AIDS a relatively manageable chronic disease, the disease can cause significant morbidity and mortality. Surprisingly, research has found that some HIV/AIDS patients feel that their life is better than it was before they had HIV/AIDS. Many of these patients show a strong will to live and often express a preference for longevity over quality of life. Patients who prefer longevity often ascribe their feeling to spiritual growth, or finding a meaning to life. This study is examining the spiritual beliefs of HIV/AIDS patients and will determine the relationship between spirituality, health status, and the will to live.
The study consists of interviews with HIV/AIDS patients from Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. who have been interviewed twice over 12 to 18 months. During the interviews, participants completed self-report scales to assess their quality of life, life satisfaction, concerns about medication, trust in their health care providers, depressive symptoms, self-esteem, optimism, and various clinical and demographic variables. Participants were also asked about their spiritual well-being; spiritual beliefs; spiritual, religious, and social support; and overall functioning.
|United States, Ohio|
|Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center|
|Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45267|
|Principal Investigator:||Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH||Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center|