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Psychological Adaptation of Patients 3 to 5 Years After Heart Surgery

  • A. Boll
  • B. Dahme
  • H. J. Meffert
  • H. Speidel

Abstract

Psychosomatic research in the field of heart surgery started with the description and evaluation of psychopathological and emotional disturbances in the acute phases immediately before and after surgery [1, 2]. Currently our interest is also dedicated to the years afterward; problems the heart-operated patient must face in his private and public life are taken into consideration [3]. Since we regard the recovery process after surgery and its outcome as a multifaceted phenomenon, we have to include emotional and social aspects as well as the patient’s physical condition. Follow-up studies in heart disease, as in other chronic illness, have shown that the extent of physical damage and the dysfunction resulting from it are not in themselves sufficient to enable us to predict the subsequent psychological and social disadvantages for the patient.

Keywords

Heart Surgery Psychological Adjustment Neurological Dysfunction Criterion Group Psychological Adaptation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Boll
    • 1
  • B. Dahme
    • 2
  • H. J. Meffert
    • 3
  • H. Speidel
    • 4
  1. 1.RehabilitationszentrumBad SegebergGermany
  2. 2.Psychologisches Institut IIIUniversitat HamburgGermany
  3. 3.Abt. fur Herz-und GefabchirurgieUniversitatskrankenhaus Hamburg-EppendorfGermany
  4. 4.Abt. Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik im Zentrum NervenheilkundeChristian-Albrecht-UniversitatKielGermany

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