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abuse, HIV, self-care practices, spirituality, women



  1. Peltzer, Jill MS, RN
  2. Leenerts, Mary Hobbs PhD, RN


The purpose of this article is to articulate the need for a holistic theory of self-care for women with human immunodeficiency virus that describes and interprets spirituality as a primary component. The authors propose that by conceptualizing spirituality as integral to self-care, nurses will support and educate women with human immunodeficiency virus utilizing a holistic perspective.