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This article reviews an emerging area of research on patients with asthma: namely, illness perceptions and their relationships with various aspects of outcome. The article briefly introduces the Common Sense Model, outlining the relevance of how "lay" patients conceptualize symptoms, illness, and treatment. On the basis of a comprehensive literature search,(More)
OBJECTIVE Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have perceptions of their illness and its management that determine their coping behaviors (e.g., adherence, self-management) and, consequently, their outcomes. This article reviews the empirical literature on illness perceptions in patients with COPD to provide clinicians with information(More)
Research suggests that chronically ill patients and their partners perceive illness differently, and that these differences have a negative impact on patients' quality of life (QoL). This study assessed whether illness perceptions of patients with Huntington's disease (HD) differ from those of their partners, and examined whether spousal illness perceptions(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine patients' pretreatment beliefs and goals regarding pulmonary rehabilitation. DESIGN Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews. SETTING Interviews conducted at participants' homes. SUBJECTS Twelve patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who had been referred to a rehabilitation clinic. MAIN MEASURES Patients'(More)
Knowledge on cross-cultural quality of life (QOL) and illness perceptions may help women with breast cancer cope more effectively. The self regulation model (SRM) guided the current exploratory longitudinal pilot-study. Central to SRM is the perception of health threats and their effects on QOL. Illness perceptions and QOL were assessed in 22 Dutch and 21(More)
This study examined quality of life (QOL) and illness perceptions in Dutch and Japanese patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, thereby extending the body of knowledge on cultural differences and psychosocial aspects of this illness. 24 Dutch and 22 Japanese patients with non-small-cell lung cancer filled out questionnaires on three occasions: immediately(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the topic of behavioural research on patients with COPD over the past 50 years in order to help inform clinical management and future research on psychosocial aspects of COPD. METHOD Narrative literature review. RESULTS Nine orientations in behavioural research on COPD patients are identified and concisely examined: psychoanalytic(More)
Sexual quality of life was examined in 55 outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, using disease-specific questionnaires. Compared to an age- and sex-matched norm group, male patients with COPD reported a significantly lower sexual quality of life on all dimensions of the questionnaire. Female patients with COPD reported a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate content, navigation, usability, and impact measurability of a prototype Internet-based self-management intervention for patients with ulcerative colitis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Analysis of 52 Internet diaries that were used in a six-month test trial. Analysis was done using an evaluation framework for eHealth applications that(More)
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