Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS : a cross-country comparison study of Finland and Portugal

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dc.contributor.author Nobre, Nuno
dc.contributor.author Pereira, Marco
dc.contributor.author Sutinen, Jussi Petteri
dc.contributor.author Canavarro, Maria Christina
dc.contributor.author Sintonen, Harri Pekka
dc.contributor.author Roine, Risto Paavo Antero
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-14T09:51:13Z
dc.date.available 2021-12-17T18:49:21Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Nobre , N , Pereira , M , Sutinen , J P , Canavarro , M C , Sintonen , H P & Roine , R P A 2016 , ' Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS : a cross-country comparison study of Finland and Portugal ' , AIDS Care , vol. 28 , no. 7 , pp. 873-877 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2016.1147016
dc.identifier.other PURE: 60305694
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: cf2a1bfa-2a39-4d72-808b-22388a19a518
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 84958551333
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000378920600009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/223871
dc.description.abstract The premises underlying the development of the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL) instruments provide a convincing rationale for comparing quality of life (QoL) across countries. The aim of the present study was to compare the QoL of patients living with HIV infection in Finland and in Portugal, and to examine the contribution of the QoL domains to the overall QoL in these two countries. The sample comprised 453 patients from Finland (76.3% male; mean age = 46.50) and 975 from Portugal (69.2% male; mean age = 40.98), all living with HIV. QoL data were collected by use of the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref questionnaire. Significant country differences were found in QoL domains and specific facets. Patients from Finland reported markedly higher scores on all six QoL domains and general facet, than did their Portuguese counterparts. Regarding the specific facets of the WHOQOL-HIV-Bref, patients from Finland also reported significantly higher scores on 24 out of 29. The exceptions were dependence on medications and treatment, positive feelings, personal relationships, sexual activity, and on spirituality, religion and personal beliefs. Regression analyses showed that physical, psychological, and independence domains contributed to overall QoL among the Finnish patients (R2 = 0.63), whereas among the Portuguese, the domains significantly associated with overall QoL were physical, psychological, independence, and environment (R2 = 0.48). Country differences in QoL domains and specific facets may reflect sociocultural differences between southern and northern Europe. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof AIDS Care
dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
dc.subject cross-country comparison
dc.subject HIV
dc.subject WHOQOL-HIV-Bref
dc.subject quality of life
dc.title Quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS : a cross-country comparison study of Finland and Portugal en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Public Health
dc.contributor.organization Clinicum
dc.contributor.organization Department of Medicine
dc.contributor.organization Infektiosairauksien yksikkö
dc.contributor.organization Harri Sintonen Research Group
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2016.1147016
dc.relation.issn 0954-0121
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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