Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is diminished in patients with both hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV.
However, the impact of HIV/HCV coinfection on HRQOL is unknown.
In this study, researchers from Massachusetts, USA, examined the HRQOL in patients with HIV/HCV coinfection. The team compared this HRQOL in patients with either HCV or HIV alone.
Patient groups were then compared to the United States population.
|Patients groups had decreased quality of life compared with the general population.|
|Clinical Infectious Diseases|
The researchers found that patients with HIV/HCV coinfection had similar HRQOL to that of patients with either HCV or HIV alone.
However, the 3 patients groups had a significantly decreased HRQOL than did the United States population.
The team found that age, unemployment, injection drug use, and depression were all associated with decreased HRQOL.
Dr Catherine Fleming's team concluded, "These findings underscore the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of these patient populations".