Christine R Baker

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AIMS Studies have established a link between vasovagal syncope (VVS) and anxiety, depression, and functional impairment. This study examines the prevalence of psychological problems in patients with VVS and whether non-responders are psychologically different from those whose symptoms respond to conservative treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS Subjects with(More)
BACKGROUND COPD is a common progressive and debilitating medical condition. Mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression, have been reported in 25-50% of all patients with COPD. Interventions that reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms may affect COPD outcomes. Little data exists on the effect of managing these psychological difficulties in(More)
Fatigue impairs the quality of life of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) patients. In this study, we explored the psychological factors and coping strategies in fatigued PBC patients. Patients participated in a semi-structured interview examining thoughts regarding the impact of fatigue and coping strategies. All completed the disease-specific quality-of-life(More)
Syncope is a sudden transient loss of consciousness with loss of postural tone, followed by spontaneous recovery1. Around 30 percent of the general population have one syncopal event in their lifetime, with 3% having recurrent episodes2. Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency towards the common faint that accounts for up to 29% of syncope3 and(More)
Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency to the common faint that affects any age group. Conventional treatment is non-specific and involves strategies to increase blood pressure. Patients with VVS are often unable to work or complete education due to actual, or fear of, syncopal symptoms. Here we present a series of nine patients with VVS whose(More)
AIM To investigate whether levels of psychosocial impairment and psychological distress at diagnosis in those with vasovagal syncope (VVS) predict subsequent response to conventional treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS This is a prospective, observational new patient cohort study, which includes consecutive patients with head-up tilt-confirmed VVS (September(More)
BACKGROUND Anxiety and depression are common co-morbidities in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Serious implications can result from psychological difficulties in COPD including reduced survival, lower quality of life, and reduced physical and social functioning, increased use of health care resources and are associated with(More)
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