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BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important worldwide cause of mortality. In The Netherlands, CVD is the leading cause of death for women and the second cause of death for men. Recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of CVD are not well implemented in primary care. In this study, we aim to examine the effectiveness of a tailored… (More)
BACKGROUND In recent years, preventive and clinical interventions for cardiovascular risk management have been implemented widely in primary care in the Netherlands. Although this has enhanced quality and outcomes of cardiovascular risk management, further improvement remains possible. In the planned observational study, we aim to examine the role of social… (More)
BACKGROUND Low participation rates reduce effective sample size, statistical power and can increase risk for selection bias. Previous research suggests that offering choice of participation mode can improve participation rates. However, few head-to-head trials compared choice of participation mode using telephone interviews and postal questionnaires as… (More)
A recent and interesting publication by Bruscia, Shultis, Dennery and Dileo (2008a) indicated that Sense of Coherence might be a significant predictor of Quality of Life in cardiac patients. In this short critique paper, some possible shortcomings of this study will be discussed.
PURPOSE Placebo effects are presumed to be based on one's expectations and previous experience with regard to a specific treatment. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of the specificity and valence of memories and expectations with regard to itch in experimentally induced placebo and nocebo itch responses. It was expected that cognitive… (More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the relation between emotional distress of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and distress of their partners. This longitudinal study aimed to determine the association between patient and partner distress, and to explain distress in patients and partners using demographic, clinical, and… (More)
BACKGROUND Although a wide range of preventive and clinical interventions has targeted cardiovascular risk management (CVRM), outcomes remain suboptimal. Therefore, the question is what additional determinants of CVRM and outcomes can be identified and addressed to optimize CVRM. In this study, we aimed to identify new perspectives for improving healthcare… (More)