Why will research on psychological well-being help me and other patients?
If you are in the HIV positive group and you struggle with numerous somatic, psychological and social problems, psychological well-being is particularly important for you. Thanks to research it takes on a practical dimension.
Studies have shown a reduced level of well-being of HIV-infected people in comparison with both the general population and people suffering from other chronic diseases. It may be related to a greater probability of mental disorders in people living with HIV, but also to the course of HIV infection itself. Indeed, lower compliance with medical treatment increases the risk of developing AIDS.
Importantly, despite the identical medical diagnosis and after control of clinical indicators (e.g. CD4 lymphocyte count, viremia level, time since infection, treatment applied) major individual differences in psychological well-being are still found among people living with HIV.
At present, in our research using advanced and innovative methods we are looking for psychosocial factors, that is variables which underpin these differences.
Therefore, in our research, apart from traditional paper questionnaires that the participants complete in clinics and hospitals, we also use an electronic application. It is a very convenient and practical tool, which can be used efficiently and – if necessary – discreetly.
It is in the electronic application that the participants of the study describe day by day how they cope with stress, what their relations with others are like, and how they feel at the end of the day.
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