Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS
Quality of Life
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2005|
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.
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.
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.
Data collection completed ahead of schedule. Several manuscripts published with others to be submitted soon.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00057109
|United States, Ohio|
|Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH|
|Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45220|
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System University Drive Division, Pittsburgh, PA|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15240|
|Principal Investigator:||Joel Tsevat, MD MPH||Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH|