PozQoL: Valuing quality of life among people with HIV Report uri icon

abstract

  • Community, health and policy organisations in Australia have prioritised improving the quality of life of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in their programs as part of the goals of the National HIV Strategy(1). Health services and community programs have for many years recognised the higher levels of reported isolation, depression, and anxiety among many PLHIV resulting in lower quality of life. This has also been shown to be associated with difficulties in maintaining treatment and continuing care(2, 3). There has also been a strong call for quality of life to be incorporated into the global goals for HIV(4, 5). However, monitoring quality of life within day-to-day health and community service practice is challenging. Most current scales are large, restricted in their use, expensive, or developed prior to the current treatment era. To this end, HIV community, support and healthcare services in Australia expressed a need for an empirically validated, short and practical way to measure quality of life of PLHIV to evaluate the impact of their programs. The PozQoL study aimed to develop, test and validate such as scale to be easily incorporated into the day-to-day practice of health and community services, as well as for the purposes of social research.

publication date

  • 2017