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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2001 May-Jun;12(3):58-65.

Spirituality and HIV disease: an integrated perspective.

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  • 1Infectious Disease Clinic, Greenville Hospital System, Greenvile, SC, USA.


Spirituality is an important resource that individuals use to cope with a chronic illness such as HIV disease. Spirituality has both a religious and an existential component that share the concepts of meaning in life, hope, self-transcendence, and rituals. An integrated perspective utilizing these shared concepts is proposed to assist HIV-positive individuals in coping with the challenges of their disease. Nursing interventions include promoting hope, teaching, sharing information, and creating a sense of empowerment in people with HIV to address spiritual issues. The article concludes with a case study that emphasizes application of the integrated perspective of spirituality with an HIV-positive person.

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