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A Study of Health-Related Quality of Life in HIV-Infected Patients Undergoing Structured Treatment Interruptions of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

This study has been completed.
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First received: January 18, 2000
Last updated: March 3, 2008
Last verified: February 2002

This study will examine and compare the health-related quality of life and degree of symptom discomfort in two groups of patients receiving intensive drug therapy for HIV infection. One group will receive continuous treatment over the entire 88-week study period; the other will have interruptions in therapy over the same time period.

Patients enrolled in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease's trial, "Immunologic and Virologic Studies of Intermittent versus Continuous HAART [highly active antiretroviral therapy] in the Treatment of HIV Disease," may participate in this study. At periodic intervals for a total of 7 times during the 88-week trial, this companion study will require participants in both the interrupted and the continuous therapy groups to complete the following two questionnaires:

  1. MOS-HIV Health Survey - The patient provides a self-assessment of his or her physical and emotional well being. Survey questions are related to the ability to perform work and daily living activities, mood and state of mind, limitations on social activities, ability to concentrate, energy level, pain level, general quality of life, etc.
  2. Symptom Distress Scale - The patient rates the degree of symptom distress by ranking from 1 to 5 his or her agreement with statements about various physical and emotional factors, including appetite, nausea, breathing, cough, pain, insomnia, fatigue, bowel problems, concentration, appearance, and outlook.

Understanding the impact of HIV treatments on health-related quality of life and symptom distress may provide information helpful in evaluating new treatment approaches.

HIV Infection

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: A Study of Health-Related Quality of Life in HIV-Infected Patients Undergoing Structured Treatment Interruptions of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

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Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: December 1999
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2002
Detailed Description:
Because of multi-drug regimens known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), HIV infection can now be considered a chronic, manageable disease for many people in the United States. However, these therapies come with complex medication administration regimens and numerous side effects and distressing symptoms, which may impact significantly on a person's health-related quality of life (HR-QOL). The purpose of this study is to evaluate the HR-QOL and symptom distress (the degree of discomfort from specific symptoms) in individuals participating in the NIAID protocol, "Immunologic and virologic studies of intermittent versus continuous HAART in the treatment of HIV disease". In that study thirty-five subjects will be randomly assigned to receive continuous HAART therapy and 35 subjects will receive interrupted therapy. In this, a companion study, HR-QOL and symptom distress will be measured at seven time points during the 88 weeks of the protocol. Data will be analyzed using repeated measures and multivariate statistical tests.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Patients must be HIV seropositive man or women of at least 18 years of age who are enrolled in the NIAID clinical trial, "Immunologic and virologic studies of intermittent versus continuous HAART in the treatment of HIV disease".

Patients must be able to read and understand standard English.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001948

United States, Maryland
Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center (CC)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00001948     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 000046
Study First Received: January 18, 2000
Last Updated: March 3, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Symptom Distress
Immune Function
Medication Trial
Physical Symptoms

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017