Positively mindful: an investigation of mindfulness-based stress reduction as a supportive care option for people living with HIV

Graeme Kenneth Donald, Karen Lorimer, Maggie Lawrence, Roger Wong, Andrew Winter, Jacqui Stringer, Paul Flowers

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Abstract

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has revolutionised the treatment of people living with HIV (PLWH) but those living with the virus still face the stress associated with a stigmatised, chronic illness; often experiencing multiple symptoms. While stress impacts on an individual’s quality of life, it has also been shown to adversely affect the physical parameters associated with disease progression; having been linked to declines in CD4+ count and progression to AIDS. Previous research has shown correlations between perceived stress and incidence of HIV-related symptoms, state and trait anxiety, depression and fatigue. Given that stress is a predictor of coronary heart disease and that PLWH are already at higher risk than their seronegative counterparts, the necessity to explore management options is clear; especially as patients continue to live longer lives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-574
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Integrative Medicine
Volume5
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

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Keywords

  • mindfulness
  • PLWH
  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • heart disease
  • stress reduction

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