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

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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… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2009.10.004

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