| ORIGINAL ARTICLE
|Year : 2009 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 57--60
The functional status of patients with AIDS attending antiretroviral treatment center
TJ Thejus1, MC Jeeja2, T Jayakrishnan3
1 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pharmacology, Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
3 Department of Community Medicine, Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
Aims: To assess the functional status of patients with Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) registered in the Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) center.
Materials and Methods: Design: Descriptive study. Study setting: ART center in Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India. Subjects: Cohorts of AIDS patients attending the ART center during the year 2007. Data collection: Done prospectively from the secondary data available from the center. Outcome measures: The demographic, morbidity, functional status and laboratory parameters were collected. Data processing was done using Excel datasheet and analysis were done using Epi info 2003.
Results: One hundred and ninety-five patients received care during this period; 69% were males. The mean age was 38±9 years; 80% of them were married and in 50% of their spouses also tested positive for HIV. The mean CD4 count was 127 cells/microliter. The majority (90%) were categorized as WHO Stage 3 or 4 of HIV. Only 52% of them were able to perform their usual work in or outside their house; the rest were not able to lead an economically productive life. Thirty-six per cent were only able to perform activities of daily living; 12% were bedridden.The functional status of the patients positively correlated with WHO disease stage ( P = < 0-0001), and CD4 count and hemoglobin levels negatively correlated with staging ( P = <0.001). 62% are having any of the opportunistic infections.
Conclusion: Fifty per cent of the AIDS patients are disabled and need support and care. As AIDS is a growing problem, community-based palliative care for AIDS patients should be strengthened in India.
T J Thejus
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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