The Quality of Life of Patients With Severe Illnesses

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2005 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : September 15, 2005
Last Update Posted : October 21, 2005
National Science Council, Taiwan
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Brief Summary:

Lately researchers and clinicians have emphasized the health related quality of life. Several reasons account for this trend. First of all, the advanced medical practices have contributed to the increased life expectancy. Secondly, the pattern of diseases has shifted from high acuity to chronicity. Therefore, the effectiveness of health care could not be solely evaluated by the rates of morbidity and mortality. The state of patients’ quality of life has become the pivotal indicator of the effectiveness of health care interventions. On the other hand, patients’ subjective perceptions of health care are crucial factors in treatment processes. Therefore quality of life becomes reference in choosing health care interventions to enhance the benefits of patients.

The scopes of quality of life research include the essence of quality of life, the measurements of quality of life and the relationships between quality of life and its related factors, etc. The local researchers have long put efforts in quality of life research. The results of these studies have contributed to the understandings of different patients’ quality of life. However, the majority of studies have focused on specific diseases. This study propose to extend the scope of quality of life research to study patients’ quality of life of two severe illnesses, i.e. HIV infections and schizophrenia. These two illnesses represent two severe physical and psychiatric illnesses. Even their etiology, mechanisms, disease process, signs and symptoms, and treatments are different. However, the similarities of these two illnesses include both are severe illnesses without cure, both are stigmatized by the society. Patients with these two illnesses suffer in their personal lives, social relations and quality of life. Therefore the current study to further investigate and compare and contrast the essence of patients’ quality of life and their related factors.

The proposed study is a second year study of the two-year study - The quality of life of patients with severe illnesses (NSC93-2314-B-002-294). The first year study focused on the investigation of the quality of life of patients with HIV infections (NSC93-2314-B-002-294). The aim of this proposed study is to compare and contrast the quality of life and its related factors of patients with schizophrenia and HIV infections. The contributions of this study include the in-depth understandings of quality of life of patients with HIV infections and schizophrenia and the comparison of quality of life of different illnesses. The results serve as the foundations in future development of intervention programs to enhance patients’ quality of life and cost-effectiveness analyses.

Condition or disease
Schizophrenia HIV Infections

Study Type : Observational
Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : August 2005
Study Completion Date : July 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: HIV/AIDS

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • people with schizophrenia
  • people with HIV

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00173329

Contact: Ping-Chuan Hsiung, PH.D 02-23123456 ext 8430

Ping-Chuan,Hsiung Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan
Contact: Ping-Chuan Hsiung    02-23123456 ext 8430      
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Science Council, Taiwan
Study Chair: Ping-Chuan Hsiung, PH.D National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT00173329     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 9461700615
First Posted: September 15, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 21, 2005
Last Verified: September 2005

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases