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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2006 Feb-Mar;27(2):125-39.

Spiritual well-being, sleep disturbance, and mental and physical health status in HIV-infected individuals.

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University of South Carolina, College of Nursing, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.


A growing body of evidence demonstrates a significant relationship between spirituality and health. HIV-infected individuals often find new meaning and purpose for their lives while establishing new connections and strengthening old ones. This descriptive, correlational study examined the relationships among spiritual well-being, sleep quality, and health status in 107 HIV-infected men and women. Spiritual well-being was found to be a significant factor related to both sleep quality and mental and physical health status. Every study participant reported sleep disturbance. The findings suggest that spiritual well-being and sleep quality need to be assessed so appropriate interventions can be implemented to improve health outcomes in this population.

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