Distant Healing for HIV/AIDS

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00079534
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2004
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
Information provided by:
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals praying at a distance (also known as "Distant Healing") can positively affect the health of people with HIV/AIDS.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
HIV Infections AIDS Behavioral: Non-local/distant healing or prayer

Detailed Description:

Significant numbers of people with HIV/AIDS seek spiritual or “psychic" treatment. Distant healing could potentially be of benefit to large numbers of HIV/AIDS patients, as it is widely available and requires no travel or other activity on the part of the patient. However, the treatment can be costly and has not yet been proven effective in a controlled clinical trial. This study will evaluate the efficacy of distant healing in patients with HIV/AIDS.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either the distant healing group or a control group. All participants will have hour-long study visits at entry and Months 6 and 12. At study visits, participants will complete a demographic questionnaire, self-report health and symptom inventory, quality of life assessment, and profile of mood states. Blood will be drawn at each study visit.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 150 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Distant Healing Efforts for AIDS by Nurses and "Healers"
Study Start Date : December 2000
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2003

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria

  • HIV infection
  • History of a CD4 cell count less than 200 cells/mm3
  • Stable antiretroviral regimen
  • English-speaking

Exclusion criteria

  • Inability or unwillingness to fill out questionnaires
  • History of non-HIV related life-threatening disease

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00079534

United States, California
California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco, California, United States, 94115
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Donald Abrams, MD University of California, San Francisco
Study Director: Jerome J. Stone, MA, RN California Pacific Medical Center Identifier: NCT00079534     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT000485-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: March 10, 2004    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
Complementary Therapies

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