Illness beliefs before cardiac surgery predict disability, quality of life, and depression 3 months later.

@article{Juergens2010IllnessBB,
  title={Illness beliefs before cardiac surgery predict disability, quality of life, and depression 3 months later.},
  author={Meike C Juergens and Bettina Seekatz and Rainer Georg Moosdorf and Keith J Petrie and Winfried Rief},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic research},
  year={2010},
  volume={68 6},
  pages={553-60}
}
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of patients' presurgery illness beliefs and cardiac risk factors on health-related outcomes 3 months following cardiac surgery. METHODS In a prospective design, 56 patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), heart valve surgery, or a combined procedure) were approached on admission to hospital and reassessed 3 months after surgery. Presurgery assessment included cardiac risk factors and… CONTINUE READING