Factors Determining Quality Of Life of Geriatric Patients With HIV/AIDS: A Cross Sectional Study In South India

Dhar, Murali (2013) Factors Determining Quality Of Life of Geriatric Patients With HIV/AIDS: A Cross Sectional Study In South India. IOSR Journal Of Pharmacy, 3 (9). pp. 63-67. ISSN 2250-3013

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BACKGROUND:With the effectiveness of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), people with HIV are aging .This number is expected to grow because of the aging of younger cohorts with HIV as well as new infections among persons over 60. With this upward shift in the age of people living with HIV, it is important to consider ways to promote successful aging in this growing population. OBJECTIVE: To study the factors determining the quality of life of geriatric HIV/AIDS patients. METHODOLOGY:This cross sectional study was done in 320 HIV/AIDS patients aged more than 60 years at ART centre K.R Hospital, Mysore. WHO-QOL-Bref a summarized quality of life questionnaire was used to assess the Quality of life and pre-structured and predesigned questionnaire was used for determining various factors influencing QoL. Statistical analysis was done using SYSTAT 13 software. To test the significance, t test was applied. RESULTS:Out of 325 patients included in the study 220 were male and 100 were female, 180 of them were from rural area and 210 were married. Multiple linear regression showed social relation had maximum effect on QoL. Factors which were statistically significantly related with better QoL were male sex, married marital status , higher education, employed, higher CD4 count and lower stage of disease. CONCLUSION:The long-term effects of disease management on the aging population are something that both health care providers and policy makers often overlook. This is especially true with older persons with HIV/AIDS. Important epidemiologic and clinical differences exist between younger and older HIV-infected persons. Health care providers need to address the issues of sexuality in older patients and the similarity between the conditions associated with HIV and those of aging, such as dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CD4 Count; Quality of life; HIV/AIDS; Geriatric.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Statistics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 04:24
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 04:24
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137611

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