HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
HIV Patients' Mental Health Affects How Seriously They Take Treatment

GENEVA, Switzerland--HIV patients who feel they have a meaningful life and are well cared for take their treatment more seriously than those who don't, a new University of California San Francisco study has found.

The study, based on surveys with 727 patients in seven U.S. cities, found that patients who feel they are part of their community and are involved in their own care are more likely to take their medication, keep medical appointments, and follow their health care providers' advice. However, HIV patients who feel detached from their surroundings or are depressed are more apt to disregard medical treatment, according to study findings.

"The psychological well-being of HIV patients plays a role in their adherence to treatment," said William Holzemer, RN, PhD, UCSF professor of nursing, chair of the UCSF School of Nursing's Department of Community Health Systems, and the study's principal investigator.

The findings, Holzemer said, are an important step in the continuous effort to identify reasons why some HIV patients disregard treatment even though it may help them fight the disease. A lack of adherence to medication and treatment has recently been identified as a key problem in the fight against HIV and the onset of AIDS.

Now that the research has shown some of the reasons why patients may be lax about their treatment, health care providers can take steps to fight those situations, Holzemer said.

By knowing that depression, for example, influences patients' adherence to treatment, health care providers can more thoroughly screen patients for the condition and treat it, Holzemer said. Researchers also plan to find ways to help patients feel more actively involved in their own care in hopes that they will take it more seriously as a result, Holzemer said.

The study, one of the largest ever on the subject, used a survey to assess the mental and emotional states of patients and to determine how this influenced whether they took treatment s
'"/>

Contact: Diana Marszalek
dmarsza@itsa.ucsf.edu
(415) 476-2557
University of California - San Francisco
1-Jul-1998


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Caregivers, remember this: Patients medications ease your distress too
2. Patients anaesthesia concerns reviewed
3. Heal thyself: Patients bone marrow cells restore failing hearts
4. Initial Avon/NCI breast cancer research grants awarded in Progress for Patients awards program
5. Patients beliefs and behaviors about health lifestyle and medications may help tailor high blood pressure management method
6. Melanoma Patients Sentinel Lymph Nodes (SLNS) Play A Strong Role In Disease Prognosis, UCSF Study Reports
7. Relaxation And Music Significantly Reduce Patients Postoperative Pain
8. Recording Patients Socio-Economic Status Is Necessary For Tackling Health Inequalities
9. Mental health service costs offset by savings in other public sectors
10. Mental health crisis looming for tsunami survivors, warns psychologist just back from Indonesia
11. Mentally ill offender treatment and crime reduction act becomes law

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Smile Brands Inc., one of the nation’s ... today announced the grand opening of another affiliated Bright Now! Dental office ... hours, a comfortable office, and full-service care at the new Beaumont location. The ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... , ... A Cure for Covid-19 “PTS” with Mediation & Hypnosis , At this very ... of panic, experiencing deep anxiety, immense stress, and right now are needing serious relief from ... people on the planet are experiencing a great degree of emotional discomfort, be it fear ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... experience working, both directly with persons with autism and other developmental disabilities, as ... includes early intervention, parent education, adolescents with autism, school consultation, and staff development. ...
(Date:8/29/2020)... ... 2020 , ... When professor and author Randy Pausch was diagnosed with pancreatic ... Rather than become melancholic, however, he put together a final lecture in Carnegie Hall ... took a negative situation and turned it into something that inspired millions of people ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... assist system designed to help treat patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, while ... of helium and oxygen, but it captures exhaled gas and scrubs it free ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... September 01, 2020 , ... Agilent, ... the Agilent Science and Technology Virtual Symposium 2020 (ASTVS 2020) on ... open a suite of Live webinars and Networking sessions, with a vast array ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... , ... While coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country, blood drives ... closed. Because about 80% of blood donations are made at drives hosted by these ... drive hosts to ensure blood products are readily available for patients. , Those ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... technologies, today announced that they have invested $400,000 in PopBase, one of two ... collaboration with the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). , The competition was part ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: