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Can J Psychiatry. 1994 Oct;39(8):404-9.

[Psychoimmunology and AIDS: a review of the literature].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Centre hospitalier Pierre Boucher, Longueil, Qu├ębec.


In recent years, several studies have been carried out concerning the effect of psychosocial factors on the course of infection due to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). After summarizing the current status of general knowledge in the field of psychoimmunology, this article reviews the results of studies conducted in regard to HIV. Two conclusions are reached. The first is that current research has not shown psychosocial factors to have any impact on either the immunity status of seropositive patients or the medical complications inherent to AIDS. The second conclusion is that several types of intervention, in particular psychoeducational approaches, stress management programs, and the strengthening of social and family support, give good results where the psychosocial well-being of patients is concerned and should motivate various health professionals to improve the focus of their interventions. Furthermore, significant methodological weaknesses in several indexed studies are noted, and these should be rectified to enable future studies to confirm or correct the present observations.

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