Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00057109
First received: March 27, 2003
Last updated: April 15, 2014
Last verified: April 2014
  Purpose

We have previously shown that: 1) time tradeoff utilities for current health are high, indicating that patients have a strong will to live; 2) half of patients felt that their life was better now than before they were HIV-infected; and 3) certain non-health-related factors such as spirituality and concern and love for one�s children correlated with health values and a sense that life has improved.


Condition
Quality of Life
HIV
Spirituality

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Completion Date: June 2005

Detailed Description:

Background:

We have previously shown that: 1) time tradeoff utilities for current health are high, indicating that patients have a strong will to live; 2) half of patients felt that their life was better now than before they were HIV-infected; and 3) certain non-health-related factors such as spirituality and concern and love for one�s children correlated with health values and a sense that life has improved.

Objectives:

1) To assess health values of veterans and non-veterans with HIV/AIDS; 2) To characterize spirituality in patients with HIV/AIDS; 3) To derive a power function relating health ratings to utilities; and 4) To assess whether society assigns higher values to health states for veterans than for non-veterans.

Methods:

We interviewed 100 representative veterans with HIV/AIDS from the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh VAMCs and, concurrently, 350 non-veterans with HIV/AIDS from Cincinnati and Washington, DC, twice over 12-18 months. The patient questionnaire included clinical and demographic data; health values measures; a question comparing life now with life before being infected with HIV; and measures of health status/health concerns, HIV symptoms, depressive symptoms, spirituality/religion, adherence, social support, self-esteem, and optimism. We also assessed how medical house officers rate and value the health state of a hypothetical patient with congestive heart failure, identified either as a 72-year-old veteran or merely as a 72-year-old male.

Status:

Data collection completed ahead of schedule. Several manuscripts published with others to be submitted soon.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Adults with HIV/AIDS

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00057109

Locations
United States, Ohio
VA Medical Center, Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45220
United States, Pennsylvania
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15240
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joel Tsevat, MD MPH Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  More Information

Publications:

Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00057109     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ECI 01-195
Study First Received: March 27, 2003
Last Updated: April 15, 2014
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 29, 2014