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The will to live among HIV-infected patients.
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PMID:  10428736     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Patients infected with HIV value both longevity and health. OBJECTIVE: To understand how HIV-infected patients value their health. DESIGN: Interview study. SETTING: Regional treatment center for HIV. PATIENTS: 51 patients with HIV infection. MEASUREMENTS: Life-satisfaction, health rating, time-tradeoff, and standard-gamble scores. RESULTS: Of the 51 patients, 49% (95% CI, 35% to 63%) said that their life was better currently than it was before they contracted HIV infection; only 29% said that life was currently worse. The mean (+/- SD) time-tradeoff score was 0.95 +/- 0.10, indicating that, on average, patients would give up no more than 5% of their remaining life expectancy in their current state of health in exchange for a shorter but healthy life. The average health rating score was 71.0 +/- 18.7 on a scale of 0 to 100, and the average standard-gamble score was 0.80 +/- 0.27. Factors contributing to life satisfaction and time-tradeoff scores included spirituality and having children. CONCLUSION: Many patients with HIV have a strong will to live, and many feel that life with HIV is better than it was before they became infected.
J Tsevat; S N Sherman; J A McElwee; K L Mandell; L A Simbartl; F A Sonnenberg; F J Fowler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of internal medicine     Volume:  131     ISSN:  0003-4819     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-27     Completed Date:  1999-07-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372351     Medline TA:  Ann Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  194-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; E; IM; X    
Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and SNS Research, Ohio 45267-0535, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Data Interpretation, Statistical
HIV Infections / psychology*
Health Status
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Quality of Life*
Value of Life
Grant Support
1 R01 HS 09103-01/HS/AHRQ HHS

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