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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

REIS, Ana Catarina; LENCASTRE, Leonor; GUERRA, Marina Prista  and  REMOR, Eduardo. Relationship among psychopathological symptoms, treatment adherence and quality of life in HIV/AIDS infection. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.3, pp. 420-429. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722010000300002.

The study shows evidence of statistical association among psychopathological symptoms (BSI), treatment adherence (CEAT-VIH) and quality of life (WHOQOL-Bref) in 125 HIV-positive/AIDS patients followed at Porto Hospital (Portugal). The psychopathological symptoms present a negative correlation with treatment adherence and quality of life. On the other hand, adherence was positively correlated with quality of life. The model of adherence to the antiretroviral treatment using multiple regression analysis includes absence of psychopathological symptoms, an adherence behavior (i.e. to get the medication at the hospital's pharmacy) and the experience of side effects because of medication (R2 = 0.30). Besides, psychopathological symptoms have a mediation effect between adherence and quality of life in people with HIV/AIDS.

Keywords : Treatment Adherence; HIV/AIDS; CEAT-VIH; Quality of Life; Mental Health.

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