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J Health Psychol. 2011 Nov;16(8):1241-50. doi: 10.1177/1359105311405350. Epub 2011 May 6.

Non-conventional practices and immune functioning among individuals receiving conventional care for HIV.

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Yale University, USA. vienna.nightingale@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

to examine the relationships among non-conventional practices, adherence and immune functioning in individuals with HIV.

METHODS:

92 participants completed an interview on non-conventional practices (complementary and alternative medicines (CAM), psychosocial therapies, and religious practice). They also completed the Psychiatric Symptom Index and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group Adherence Follow-up Questionnaire. Medical chart reviews determined CD4 count and viral load.

RESULTS:

Hierarchical logistic regressions revealed religious practice was associated with adherence and CAM was associated with viral load.

CONCLUSION:

Participation in non-conventional practices in HIV populations may lead to positive health and health behaviors. Clinical implications are discussed.

PMID:
21551174
PMCID:
PMC3629919
DOI:
10.1177/1359105311405350
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