R P Rombouts

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The feasibility of computerized psychological testing was investigated in a sample of 452 consecutive psychiatric outpatients. Forty-six percent of the solicited patients agreed to participate in the computerized assessment. Tested patients were significantly younger and better educated than those who refused. In general, patients reacted favorably to the(More)
We examined causal mechanisms of subjective cognitive (dis)abilities in schizophrenic and depressed patients, and in patient and normal control groups. This exploratory study included objective cognitive performance (Continuous Performance Task) as well as mood and mental effort ratings. Self-report of cognitive dysfunction in patients was not correlated(More)
The Continuous Performance Task (CPT) is widely used as an indicator of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia. It is still unclear, however, exactly what this test measures. We examined the contribution of motor speed, reaction time measures, mental effort, and level of psychopathology to the performance on a double-stimulus CPT. This study included(More)
We examined the stable relations between coping style and cognitive function in schizophrenic and depressed patients and in patient and normal controls on two test occasions. The results show that a poor self-report of coping style is independent of psychiatric diagnosis, but there are associations with both subjective and objective cognitive malaise. Poor(More)
Psychophysiological applications have been proposed for and have been found in diagnostic procedures, in therapeutic processes as well as in therapy evaluation studies. Many studies in this area have been done on cardiovascular parameters like heart rate, blood pressure and peripheral resistance. Unfortunately there is still little evidence whether(More)
We examined the experience of subjective cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenic and depressive patients and in patient control and normal control subjects, using questionnaires for measuring components of everyday attentional functioning and subjective cognitive difficulties. These subjective ratings were stable over a period of 3 months. Irrespective of(More)
This article examines choice for STD health services among patients suspecting a STD. A total of 825 patients who sought medical treatment at an STD clinic, a Family Planning Clinic or a General Practitioner participated in this study. Special STD clinics are not well known among patients visiting their GP or a Family Planning Clinic. Both perceived(More)
A wide variety in outcome criteria hinders comparison of results between smoking cessation studies. Three important methodological issues are discussed: analysis of data of participants who drop out of therapy, treatment of missing data, and repeated use of significance tests. These issues determine to a great extent the results of evaluation studies. In(More)