Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS

This study has been completed.
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00122902
First received: July 19, 2005
Last updated: August 17, 2006
Last verified: August 2006

July 19, 2005
August 17, 2006
February 2002
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Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS
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.

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.

Observational
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
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HIV Infections
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Completed
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February 2004
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of HIV or AIDS

Exclusion Criteria:

  • None
Both
21 Years and older
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United States
 
NCT00122902
R01 AT001147-01
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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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Principal Investigator: Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
August 2006

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