Neuropsychiatric predictors of return to work in HIV/AIDS
This study followed 118 HIV+ individuals who had taken steps to return to work to determine facilitators or barriers in returning to work. Over the two-year study period, 52% of the participants obtained employment. Memory function served as the most potent predictor of obtaining employment. Persons who were younger, did not have a diagnosis of AIDS and who had shorter periods of unemployment prior to entering the study also had better chances of finding employment during the study. After finding employment, participants reported lower levels of depression as well, an apparent result of their obtaining employment. These findings indicate that memory is a key neuropsychiatric variable that is perhaps most relevant to HIV+ persons' quest to return to work. (JINS, 2007, 13, 80–89.)(Received May 2 2006)
(Revised August 10 2006)
(Accepted August 10 2006)
Key Words: Memory; Employment; Occupational groups; HIV-associated cognitive/motor complex; Cognitive manifestations; Depression.
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