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Improving the health and mental health of people living with HIV/AIDS: 12-month assessment of a behavioral intervention in Thailand.

  • Author(s): Li, Li;
  • Lee, Sung-Jae;
  • Jiraphongsa, Chuleeporn;
  • Khumtong, Siwaporn;
  • Iamsirithaworn, Sopon;
  • Thammawijaya, Panithee;
  • Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane
  • et al.
Abstract

Objectives

We examined findings from a randomized controlled intervention trial designed to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV in Thailand.

Methods

A total of 507 people living with HIV were recruited from 4 district hospitals in northern and northeastern Thailand and were randomized to an intervention group (n = 260) or a standard care group (n = 247). Computer-assisted personal interviews were administered at baseline and at 6 and 12 months.

Results

At baseline, the characteristics of participants in the intervention and standard care conditions were comparable. The mixed-effects models used to assess the impact of the intervention revealed significant improvements in general health (B = 2.51; P = .001) and mental health (B = 1.57; P = .02) among participants in the intervention condition over 12 months and declines among those in the standard care condition.

Conclusions

Our results demonstrate that a behavioral intervention was successful in improving the quality of life of people living with HIV. Such interventions must be performed in a systematic, collaborative manner to ensure their cultural relevance, sustainability, and overall success.

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