Type D-personality and heart failure: burden of a life-threatening cardiac condition in an ageing population
01 / 2006 - 10 / 2009
Website Onderzoekschool Psychologie en Gezondheid - OPG
Heart failure poses a significant burden on patients, partners and health care. Traditional prognostic risk factors are identified. However, little is known about the role of psychological factors. This project focusses firstly on the role of psychological risk factors (Type D personality, depression, anxiety, and hostility) on prognosis, quality of life, and health care utilization in heart failure patients. Furthermore, the aim of this study is identification of underlying biological, as well as behavioral mechanisms. Finally, this study focusses on the identification of potential moderating variables. In this way, buffering characteristics can be identified in high-risk patients.