Quality of Life in Patients with HIV Infection and Liver Disease

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Abstract

The presence of HIV infection, alone or in combination with other infections and diseases, can have a serious impact on a patient’s health and quality of life (QOL). According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution of 1948, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” [1]. Like the definition of health, the definition of QOL is broad and multidimensional, “[An] individual’s perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns” [2].

Keywords

Fatigue Hepatitis Depression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MedicineUniversity of PittsburgPittsburgUSA
  2. 2.University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati VA Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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