Update on psychological functioning in adults with congenital heart disease: A systematic review

Edward Callus, Emilia Quadri, Cristian Ricci, Cristiana Passerini, Anna Tovo, Gabriele Pelissero, Massimo Chessa

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Abstract

The population of adults with congenital heart disease is increasing due to advancements in cardiology and cardiac surgery. Many patients face medical complications and psychosocial difficulties; however, it is not yet clear whether there is a direct relationship between medical status and the psychological functioning of these patients. This systematic review of the relevant literature is an attempt to: provide a comparison between the population of adults with congenital heart disease, the healthy reference population and similar cardiac populations when it comes to psychological functioning; explore the relationship between medical status/cardiac condition and psychological functioning; and identify the predictors of psychological distress in this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-791
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • adaptation
  • adjustment
  • anxiety
  • congenital heart disease
  • depression
  • emotional
  • hostility
  • mental health
  • neuroticism
  • psychological distress
  • psychopathology
  • self-appraisal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

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