The lived experience of a mind-body intervention for people living with HIV.

Stress and anxiety are significant problems for individuals living with HIV. Mind-body therapies such as progressive muscle relaxation training and guided imagery (PMRT-GI) are effective in treating stress and anxiety in chronically ill persons. The purpose of this study was to identify key elements of an effective and culturally acceptable PMRT-GI intervention for economically disadvantaged persons with HIV. PMRT-GI was provided to 24 participants from African American, White, and Hispanic backgrounds. Using Colaizzi's phenomenological method, participants were interviewed about their experiences with PMRT-GI. Responses were tape-recorded, read, and reread; significant phrases and sentences were identified; meanings were formulated; and results were validated with participants. Five themes emerged: another world, feeling content, ease in muscle tension, one-on-one, and soft music. Background information and past experience with complementary and alternative methods were obtained.
AuthorsStephanie K Andrade, Elizabeth H Anderson
JournalThe Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC (J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care) 2008 May-Jun Vol. 19 Issue 3 Pg. 192-9 ISSN: 1055-3290 [Print] United States
PMID18457760 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
  • Adult
  • Female
  • HIV Infections (psychology)
  • Humans
  • Imagery (Psychotherapy)
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychophysiology

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