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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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MEDEIROS, Bruno; SILVA, Josevânia da  and  SALDANHA, Ana Alayde Werba. Biopsychosocial determinants that predict quality of life in people living with HIV/AIDS. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.4, pp.543-550. ISSN 1678-4669.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2013000400001.

The advent of the antiretroviral therapy highlighted the need to understand psychosocial determinants of quality of life assessment in people living with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this study was to investigate the psychosocial and clinical determinants related to the quality of life of this group. This investigation involved 90 patients (age mean 33.7 years old, SD = 6.6). Socio-demographic questions, a clinic questionnaire, and the instrument for assessment of quality of life WHOQOL-BREF were the main methods. Descriptive statistics, comparison between means of the criterion groups, and a regression were the main analyses. The results demonstrate better assessment of quality of life in patients who were satisfied with health care provided by the hospital. Psychological dimension, CD4 cells count, and environmental factors are the main determinants to the quality of life assessment. This research recommends the elaboration of health public politics toward HIV/AIDS that include psychosocial aspects.

Keywords : quality of life; HIV/AIDS; psychosocial determinants; CD4.

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