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Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00057109
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 28, 2003
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
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 or disease
Quality of Life HIV Spirituality

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.


Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Health Values and Spirituality in Veterans With HIV/AIDS
Study Completion Date : June 2005

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Groups and Cohorts

Group/Cohort
Group 1


Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Adults with HIV/AIDS

Exclusion Criteria:

Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00057109


Locations
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
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joel Tsevat, MD MPH Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
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Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00057109     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ECI 01-195
First Posted: March 28, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2015
Last Verified: December 2005