Does it matter what patients think? The relationship between changes in patients' beliefs about angina and their psychological and functional status

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

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the association between changes in misconceived or maladaptive beliefs about angina and patients' functional and psychological status. Method: The method used was a prospective follow-up study over 1 year of 133 people with angina. Results: Beliefs about angina were significantly associated with functional and psychological status. People with more misconceived or maladaptive beliefs were more anxious and physically limited than were people with fewer such beliefs, with differences in physical functioning that were clinically significant. Change in angina beliefs over 1 year was the most significant predictor for physical functioning at follow-up, after controlling for the effects of demographic variables and the outcome variable at baseline, whereas change in the frequency of angina did not contribute significantly to this model. Conclusion: Misconceived and maladaptive beliefs about angina are associated with reductions in both functional and psychological status. These beliefs are easily and quickly identified using a simple questionnaire and should be corrected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-329
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2005

Keywords

  • Angina
  • Beliefs
  • Misconceptions
  • Physical limitations
  • Psychological status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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