Cincinnati--The National Institutes of Health has awarded the
University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center a $1.5 million grant to
study the impact of spirituality on quality of life in patients with
HIV/AIDS. Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH, Director, Section of Outcomes Research,
UC Division of General Internal Medicine, is the principal investigator
of the study, along with Christina M. Puchalski, MD, from George
Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC). Patient enrollment for
this four-year project, which will be conducted at the UC Medical
Center and GWUMC, will begin this winter.
A recent study
conducted in Cincinnati showed that many patients with HIV/AIDS have a
powerful will to live and a sense that life has improved. The NIH
research will build on these studies by using more detailed measures
and including a wider variety of patients.
"If we can figure out
why certain patients with HIV/AIDS feel that their life is better now
than it was before they knew they were infected, perhaps we can design
interventions to help those who don't feel that way," Tsevat said. "We
hope that this study will provide some answers."
More than 200
patients from UC Medical Center and 125-150 patients from GWUMC with
various stages of AIDS will be interviewed to explore the relationship
of spirituality to quality of life. Detailed questionnaires and a
measurement of quality of life concerns reported by patients with
HIV/AIDS will be used to conduct the study.
The Cincinnati team,
which includes Richard Hornung, DrPH, Judith Feinberg, MD, and Tammy
Powell, RN, from UC Medical Center will be working with Cincinnati
consultants Sue Sherman, DPA and Karen Mandell, PharmD, who are playing
a major role on the study. For more information about this study,
contact Tsevat by phone at (513) 558-7581 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.