Predicting change in depression following renal transplantation: Effect of patient coping preferences

Alan J. Christensen, Shawna L Ehlers, Katherine A. Raichle, J. Andrew Bertolatus, William J. Lawton

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Abstract

Improvement in patient quality of life is a central goal of renal transplantation. This study examined the hypothesis that change in depression following transplantation would vary as a function of patient coping preferences. Sixty patients were assessed with the Krantz Health Opinion Survey and the Beck Depression Inventory while on the waiting list for a cadaveric renal transplant. Patients were reassessed approximately 12 months later. Among the 33 patients receiving a transplant during the follow-up period, those with a high preference for health-related information exhibited a substantial reduction in depression. In contrast, patients low in preference for information showed a slight increase in depression. Among the 27 patients who were not transplanted during the follow-up period, preference for information had no effect on depression. Patient differences in preference for behavioral involvement did not exert a significant effect on depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-353
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Chronic illness
  • Coping
  • Depression
  • Renal transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Predicting change in depression following renal transplantation : Effect of patient coping preferences. / Christensen, Alan J.; Ehlers, Shawna L; Raichle, Katherine A.; Bertolatus, J. Andrew; Lawton, William J.

In: Health Psychology, Vol. 19, No. 4, 2000, p. 348-353.

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Christensen, Alan J. ; Ehlers, Shawna L ; Raichle, Katherine A. ; Bertolatus, J. Andrew ; Lawton, William J. / Predicting change in depression following renal transplantation : Effect of patient coping preferences. In: Health Psychology. 2000 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 348-353.
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