Karena Leppert

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In a sample of elderly from the general population aged 60 years and older (N = 599, 53.6 % female; mean age 69.6 years) resilience was assessed as a protective personality factor for physical well-being by means of the resilience scale (RS; Wagnild and Young, 1993). The elderly reported lower subjective body complaints, when the amount of resilience was(More)
PURPOSE The primary goal of the study was to determine if resilience influences fatigue in a consecutive sample of cancer patients treated with radiotherapy (RT) at the beginning and at the end of the treatment. METHODS Out of an initial sample of 250 patients, 239 could be assessed at the beginning of their RT. Two hundred and eight patients were(More)
The German Ministry for Health and Social Security is funding ten projects to introduce shared decision making into clinical practice. The medical problems the projects are focussing on were chosen from among various diseases (e. g. depression, multiple sclerosis, cancer). The ten projects achieved consensus on a core set of instruments for the measurement(More)
UNLABELLED Medical decision-making models focus on doctor-patient relationship. The impact of the family, specifically the involvement of the relatives in the information- and decision-making process have rarely been evaluated yet. Within the project "Patient as partners - cancer patients and their involvement in medical decision making" progressive disease(More)
Personality traits, e.g., resilience, which is defined as emotional strength, have a strong impact on lifespan development. In this paper, a cross-sectional study examining the protective character of resilience in aging is presented. In a sample of persons ranging in age from 30-80 years, a significant negative association between resilience and depression(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE The study investigated correlates of resilience in chronic heart failure (CHF) patients suffering from a high somatic symptom burden and/or a clinical relevant depression. Furthermore, the resilience of the sample was compared to a representative sample of the German general population. METHODS 186 patients with CHF and high(More)
Females visiting a gynecological practice with the assumption of being pregnant despite clear signs of commencing climacteric seem to be not uncommon. Despite a huge amount of research on the psychosocial aspects of menopause and the female climacteric, scientific reports on denial of the climacteric cannot be found. Based upon some case examples, a pilot(More)
This study reports the degree to which terminally ill tumour patients wish to be involved in medical decisions about their care and death. In addition, the study aimed to examine euthanasia from the patient's perspective. 272 tumour patients with a life expectancy of less that 1 year took part in a face to face survey. The survey examined attitudes, beliefs(More)
Between March 2002 and August 2003 as part of the research project "Patients as partners -- tumour patients and their participation in medical decisions" tumour patients undergoing palliative therapy (n=272) were interviewed and asked about their level of information, their desired place to die and whether they had prepared an advance directive.(More)
UNLABELLED Empirical research on euthanasia and medical decisions at the end of life usually focus on the doctors' perspective. The perspectives of patients, relatives respectively the bereaved families have been neglected so far. The project "Patients as partners. Tumour patients and their participation" aims to improve the participation of tumour patients(More)
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