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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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NHAMBA, Lucas Antonio; HERNANDEZ MELENDREZ, Edelsys; BAYARRE VEA, Héctor Demetrio  and  GAMBA JANOTA, Maria. Theoretical, methodological and instrumental problems for the study of quality of life in HIV persons in Angola. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2012, vol.38, n.1, pp. 141-149. ISSN 0864-3466.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662012000100013.

The study of the quality of life is one of the problems deserving special attention in the health sciences at present due to the scientific and technological development and to the epidemiological transition. The research on this topic requires multidisciplinary and intersectoral approach. HIV is a problem having an impact on the quality of life of the Angolan population. This article discussed with deductive approach the theoretical, methodological and instrumental problems in research as well as the main tendencies in the research of the quality of life in HIV persons. One of the difficulties in this construct is the lack of consensus around its conceptual definition by different disciplines, which leads to the proliferation of generic and specific instruments to study the quality of life associated to health and disease. This is the present state and perspective of the quality of life study in the Angolan population. Some alternatives are submitted in order to conduct a multidisciplinary research study on the quality of life of HIV persons, the starting point to draw adequate strategies for its improvement.

Keywords : Quality of life; health-related quality of life; HIV people.

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