Fears about transmitting HIV to others, worries about the future, self-esteem problems, difficulty sleeping and treatment issues are now important quality of life concerns for people living with HIV that are not measured by existing resources, according to a report on a new quality of life measurement tool published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
The tool – called PROQOL-HIV (Patient Report Outcomes Quality of Life-HIV) – was developed with the participation of 152 HIV-positive patients in nine countries on five continents.
‘PROQOL-HIV is a novel multidimensional HIV-specific HRQL [health-related quality of life] instrument that strives to be sensitive to socio-cultural context, disease stage and treatment in the HAART [highly active antiretroviral therapy] era,’ write the authors. ‘Important new HRQL issues were uncovered from the culturally diverse experiences of PLWHA [people living with HIV/AIDS] in previously under-represented po...
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