Distant Healing for HIV/AIDS

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00079534
First received: March 9, 2004
Last updated: August 16, 2006
Last verified: August 2006

March 9, 2004
August 16, 2006
December 2000
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Distant Healing for HIV/AIDS
Distant Healing Efforts for AIDS by Nurses and "Healers"

The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals praying at a distance (also known as "Distant Healing") can positively affect the health of people with HIV/AIDS.

Significant numbers of people with HIV/AIDS seek spiritual or “psychic" treatment. Distant healing could potentially be of benefit to large numbers of HIV/AIDS patients, as it is widely available and requires no travel or other activity on the part of the patient. However, the treatment can be costly and has not yet been proven effective in a controlled clinical trial. This study will evaluate the efficacy of distant healing in patients with HIV/AIDS.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either the distant healing group or a control group. All participants will have hour-long study visits at entry and Months 6 and 12. At study visits, participants will complete a demographic questionnaire, self-report health and symptom inventory, quality of life assessment, and profile of mood states. Blood will be drawn at each study visit.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • HIV Infections
  • AIDS
Behavioral: Non-local/distant healing or prayer
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Completed
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December 2003
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Inclusion criteria

  • HIV infection
  • History of a CD4 cell count less than 200 cells/mm3
  • Stable antiretroviral regimen
  • English-speaking

Exclusion criteria

  • Inability or unwillingness to fill out questionnaires
  • History of non-HIV related life-threatening disease
Both
18 Years to 65 Years
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Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT00079534
R01 AT000485-01
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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Principal Investigator: Donald Abrams, MD University of California, San Francisco
Study Director: Jerome J. Stone, MA, RN California Pacific Medical Center
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
August 2006

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