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The Influence of Psychological Interventions Upon Disease Progression in HIV-infected Patients Receiving no Medication

This study has been completed.
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust
Johrei Association
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Imperial College London Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: February 11, 2016
Last verified: September 2005

September 13, 2005
February 11, 2016
June 2003
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CD4 T-cell counts
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Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00180700 on Archive Site
  • Other immunological parameters (Viral load levels, NK cell counts)
  • Psychological questionnaires (Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), STAI, Beck depression Inventory (BDI))
  • Endogenous hormone levels (cortisol, DHEA-S and melatonin)
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The Influence of Psychological Interventions Upon Disease Progression in HIV-infected Patients Receiving no Medication
The Effects of Two Psychological Intervention Techniques, Self-hypnosis and Johrei Healing Method, on Quality of Life, Psychological Well-being, EEG Measures and Various Immunological Measures Including CD4+ Counts in Early HIV: a Randomly Controlled Pilot Study
This study examines the hypothesis that psychological interventions have beneficial effects on quality of life including psychological well-being and disease progression in early HIV patients recieving no medication.

Hypothesis: This investigation is based upon the hypothesis that psychological intervention may counteract the detrimental effects of stress both on psychological well-being and on general health.

Background: HIV infection may be considered to be a life-long biological and psychological stressor leading to detrimental outcomes associated with disease progression. Stress reduction in these patients may have beneficial effects through delaying disease progression via the proposed interactive psycho-neuro-endocrine-immune network.

Inclusion Criteria:

HIV infected individuals CD4 T-cell counts above 200 cells/mcl Receiving no anti-retroviral drugs Individuals who signed the informed consent form

Investigative approach: Self-hypnosis and a Japanese non-touching, laying-on-of hands-like technique, called Johrei, were used to investigate the effects of psychological intervention upon immune parameters (especially in CD4 counts) associated with disease progression along with phenomenological associations between stress perception and stress hormone levels in HIV-infected patients receiving no medication.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
HIV Infected Individuals
  • Behavioral: Self-hypnosis
  • Behavioral: Johrei - a Japanese stress management system
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
December 2004
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV infected
  • CD4 T-cell counts above 200 cells/mcl
  • Signed the informed consent form

Exclusion Criteria:

  • receiving anti-retroviral drugs
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United Kingdom
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Imperial College London
  • Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Johrei Association
Principal Investigator: John H Gruzelier, Ph.D. Imperial College London
Study Director: Don C Henderson, Ph.D. Imperial College London
Imperial College London
September 2005

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