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Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00122902
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
This study is assessing the extent of spirituality in patients with HIV/AIDS and will determine the relationship between spirituality, health status, and the will to live.

Condition or disease
HIV Infections

Detailed Description:

Approximately 1,000,000 Americans have HIV/AIDS. Although advances in treatment have made HIV/AIDS a relatively manageable chronic disease, the disease can cause significant morbidity and mortality. Surprisingly, research has found that some HIV/AIDS patients feel that their life is better than it was before they had HIV/AIDS. Many of these patients show a strong will to live and often express a preference for longevity over quality of life. Patients who prefer longevity often ascribe their feeling to spiritual growth, or finding a meaning to life. This study is examining the spiritual beliefs of HIV/AIDS patients and will determine the relationship between spirituality, health status, and the will to live.

The study consists of interviews with HIV/AIDS patients from Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. who have been interviewed twice over 12 to 18 months. During the interviews, participants completed self-report scales to assess their quality of life, life satisfaction, concerns about medication, trust in their health care providers, depressive symptoms, self-esteem, optimism, and various clinical and demographic variables. Participants were also asked about their spiritual well-being; spiritual beliefs; spiritual, religious, and social support; and overall functioning.


Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 350 participants
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Spirituality and Will to Live in Patients With HIV/AIDS
Study Start Date : February 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2004

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS
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Groups and Cohorts


Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of HIV or AIDS

Exclusion Criteria:

Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00122902


Locations
United States, Ohio
Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, 45267
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00122902     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01AT001147-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 22, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
HIV
AIDS
Spirituality

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