Gerhard Schuessler

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OBJECTIVE Elective surgery represents a considerable source of stress for the patient. Many attempts have been made to prepare patients before surgery with the aim of reducing stress and improving outcome. This study used a novel approach to fulfill this aim by showing a videotape of a patient undergoing total hip replacement surgery, covering the time(More)
Objective: to determine the psychometric properties of the recently developed German version of the Multidimensional Quality of Life Questionnaire for HIV/AIDS (MQOL-HIV) and to test its performance in a sample of HIV-infected patients. Methods: Two-hundred and seven outpatients with HIV/AIDS were interviewed with the German version of the MQOL-HIV; 109(More)
The authors used structural equation modeling to test a conceptual model of HRQL in coronary artery disease. The model, which included biomedical factors and individual and environmental characteristics, was tested in a multicenter group of 465 patients at three timepoints (baseline evaluation of chest pain and 1- and 3-month follow-ups). A satisfactory fit(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disease characterized by flare-ups, the causes of which are not known. In accordance with new concepts in stress research, this study investigated whether daily psychosocial stressors interfere with immunological processes in SLE. Because such processes are unique to each individual,(More)
This study investigated the complex biochemical responses to personally meaningful everyday stressors in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). For this purpose, a 52 year-old woman with SLE collected her entire urine for 56 days on a 12-h basis for the determination of cortisol as well as neopterin, a cellular immune parameter. Additionally,(More)
The German versions of two patient-perceived heart disease specific health-related quality of life (HRQL) questionnaires, the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) and the MacNew Heart Disease questionnaire, were examined for their psychometric properties in patients with angiographically documented coronary artery disease and angina who were treated either(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study examines whether concomitant obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) indicates a poorer prognosis for patients with anorexia or bulimia nervosa. METHOD Seventy-five female inpatients who met DSM-IV criteria for anorexia or bulimia nervosa took part in the follow-up study; 29 of these patients met criteria for concomitant OCD. All(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study sought to determine the prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder among patients with eating disorders. METHOD Ninety-three women who met DSM-III-R criteria for anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa were investigated by using a semistructured diagnostic interview, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale, and the Eating(More)
The paper presents a German version of the second revised edition of the Eating Disorder Inventory EDI-2 (Garner 1991). The EDI-2 is a self-rating inventory (self-report measure) with 91 items and 11 subscales designed for the assessment of attitudinal and behavioural dimensions relevant to anorexia and bulimia nervosa. It consists of the eight original(More)
OBJECTIVE This trial was performed to evaluate the efficacy of an adjunctive cognitive-behavioral treatment compared with rheumatological treatment alone in unselected rheumatoid arthritis outpatients. DESIGN A prospective randomized control design was used. Change in medication during treatment was controlled by matching therapy- and control-group(More)