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Depression among Patients with HIV/AIDS: Research Development and Effective Interventions (GAPRESEARCH)

Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119078, Singapore
Center of Excellence in Behavioral Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore 119074, Singapore
Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
Center of Excellence in Evidence-based Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
Family Medicine & Primary Care, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639815, Singapore
National Psychiatry Residency Program, Singapore 308440, Singapore
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(10), 1772;
Received: 12 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 19 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adult Psychiatry)
Depression in people living with HIV (PLWH) has become an urgent issue and has attracted the attention of both physicians and epidemiologists. Currently, 39% of HIV patients are reported to suffer from depression. This population is more likely to experience worsening disease states and, thus, poorer health outcomes. In this study, we analyzed research growth and current understandings of depression among HIV-infected individuals. The number of papers and their impacts have been considerably grown in recent years, and a total of 4872 publications published from 1990–2017 were retrieved from the Web of Science database. Research landscapes related to this research field include risk behaviors and attributable causes of depression in HIV population, effects of depression on health outcomes of PLWH, and interventions and health services for these particular subjects. We identified a lack of empirical studies in countries where PLWH face a high risk of depression, and a modest level of interest in biomedical research. By demonstrating these research patterns, highlighting the research gaps and putting forward implications, this study provides a basis for future studies and interventions in addressing the critical issue of HIV epidemics. View Full-Text
Keywords: HIV; AIDS; depression; scientometrics; bibliometric HIV; AIDS; depression; scientometrics; bibliometric
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Tran, B.X.; Ho, R.C.M.; Ho, C.S.H.; Latkin, C.A.; Phan, H.T.; Ha, G.H.; Vu, G.T.; Ying, J.; Zhang, M.W.B. Depression among Patients with HIV/AIDS: Research Development and Effective Interventions (GAPRESEARCH). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1772.

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