The CBSM group showed significant benefits in quality of life scores, physical health, mental health, and depression compared to the standard medical care group.
No differences were found between groups in CD4 cell count and viral load.
There was no difference in drug adherence between the groups.
The bottom line?
As expected, the authors concluded, CBSM training of HIV-infected persons did not change the response to HIV/AIDS treatment. But, “cART has lasting effects on quality of life and psychological well-being.”
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.