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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The quality of life of HIV-infected women is associated with psychiatric morbidity
Author: Tostes, MA
Chalub, M
Botega, NJ
Abstract: This study evaluated the effect of clinical, demographic and psychiatric factors on the health- related quality of life of 76 women with HIV infection seen in two HIV reference centres in Brazil. The generic questionnaire for evaluation of Health- Related Quality of Life ( SF- 36), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale ( HAD) and the Clinical Interview Schedule ( CIS- R) were used. The statistical tests included the covariance analysis. The patients' mean age was 37.4 years; 44.7% had less than 8 years of schooling. A total of 44.8% were asymptomatic, 28.9% symptomatic non- AIDS and 26.3% had AIDS. Most ( 77.6%) used two or three kinds of antiretrovirals; 36.8 and 30.3% achieved scores for anxiety and depression, respectively ( HAD); and 48.7% for conspicuous psychiatric morbidity ( CIS- R). The sub- group of the non- AIDS symptoms ( clinical stage B) showed the worst quality of life. The variables which better explained the scoring variation on both the mental and physical components of the SF- 36 were related to mental health. The more mental symptoms present, the worse the health- related quality of life. We must rethink care strategies in the area of mental health which are directed toward HIV + patients, by virtue of the levels of mental symptoms found and the request for care which the research revealed.
Country: Inglaterra
Editor: Carfax Publishing
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1080/09540120410001641020
Date Issue: 2004
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