Health-related Quality of Life in HIV Disease

Published in: Assessment, v. 2, no. 4, 1995, p. 363-380

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1994

by Ron D. Hays, William Cunningham, C. Keith Beck, Martin F. Shapiro, Margot K. Ettl

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Examines the structure of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among 205 symptomatic HIV-positive individuals. Factor analysis of the 64-item HRQOL battery provided support for a two-factor model: (1) a physical dimension defined by physical function, role function freedom from pain, disability days, and quality of sex life; and (2) a mental health dimension defined by overall quality of life, emotional well being, hopefulness, lack of loneliness, will to function, quality of family life, quality of friendships, and cognitive function/distress. The authors report correlations of HRQOL measures with social support, access to care, coping, and symptom measures.

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