Development of the York angina beliefs questionnaire

Gill Furze*, Peter Bull, Robert J.P. Lewin, David, R. Thompson

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It is known that people who have suffered a heart attack can hold misconceived or maladaptive beliefs and that these can have a deleterious effect on quality of life and functioning. It has also been noted that clinicians do not routinely elicit these maladaptive beliefs. It is probable that angina sufferers also hold such beliefs. As angina is a great burden in the western world, with over two million people with angina in the UK alone, there may be large numbers of people who suffer from these frightening and unhelpful misconceptions. We believe that there is a need for a simple questionnaire that could assist the delivery of tailored education directed at dispelling common misconceptions. This article details the development and psychometric properties of just such a brief questionnaire, designed for use both in research and in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-315
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2003


  • Angina
  • Attributions
  • Illness beliefs
  • Misconceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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