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San Francisco, California 94115


Purpose:

The purpose of this study is to determine whether individuals praying at a distance (also known as "Distant Healing") can positively affect the health of people with HIV/AIDS.


Study summary:

Significant numbers of people with HIV/AIDS seek spiritual or “psychic" treatment. Distant healing could potentially be of benefit to large numbers of HIV/AIDS patients, as it is widely available and requires no travel or other activity on the part of the patient. However, the treatment can be costly and has not yet been proven effective in a controlled clinical trial. This study will evaluate the efficacy of distant healing in patients with HIV/AIDS. Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either the distant healing group or a control group. All participants will have hour-long study visits at entry and Months 6 and 12. At study visits, participants will complete a demographic questionnaire, self-report health and symptom inventory, quality of life assessment, and profile of mood states. Blood will be drawn at each study visit.


Criteria:

Inclusion criteria - HIV infection - History of a CD4 cell count less than 200 cells/mm3 - Stable antiretroviral regimen - English-speaking Exclusion criteria - Inability or unwillingness to fill out questionnaires - History of non-HIV related life-threatening disease


Study is Available At:


Original ID:

R01 AT000485-01


NCT ID:

NCT00079534


Secondary ID:


Study Acronym:


Brief Title:

Distant Healing for HIV/AIDS


Official Title:

Distant Healing Efforts for AIDS by Nurses and "Healers"


Overall Status:

Completed


Study Phase:

N/A


Genders:

Both


Minimum Age:

18 Years


Maximum Age:

65 Years


Quick Facts

Healthy Volunteers
Oversight Has DMC
Study Is FDA Regulated
Study Is Section 801
Has Expanded Access

Study Source:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)


Oversight Authority:

United States: Federal Government


Reasons Why Stopped:


Study Type:

Interventional


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification:


Number of Arms:

0


Number of Groups:

0


Total Enrollment:

150


Enrollment Type:


Overall Contact Information

Official Name:Donald Abrams, MD
Principal Investigator
University of California, San Francisco

Study Dates

Start Date:December 2000
Completion Date:December 2003
Verification Date:August 2006
Last Changed Date:August 16, 2006
First Received Date:March 9, 2004

Study Outcomes

There are no available Study Outcomes

Study Interventions

Intervention Type:Behavioral
Name:Non-local/distant healing or prayer

Study Arms

There are no available Study Arms

Study Agencies

Agency Class:NIH
Agency Type:Lead Sponsor
Agency Name:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Sample and Retention Information

There are no available Sample and Retention Information

Study References

There are no available Study References

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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