Progredienzangst bei chronischen Erkrankungen

Translated title of the contribution: Fear of progression in chronic diseases

Petra Berg, Katrin Book, Andreas Dinkel, Gerhard Henrich, Birgitt Marten-Mittag, Dennis Mertens, Christine Ossner, Sandra Volmer, Peter Herschbach

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Chronically physically ill patients frequently suffer from psychological distress. The realistic fear of progression (FOP) of disease is one of the most important causes of distress in these patients. This study investigates the extent of FOP in patients with diverse diagnoses. 863 Patients answered the FOP-questionnaire, medical and sociodemographic items. Group differences were investigated with t- and F-tests. Determinants for FOP were identified by linear multiple regression. Some diagnostic subgroups differ in degree and profile of FOP. Patients with rheumatic diseases and Parkinson's disease score highest, patients with stroke or chronic peripheric vascular disease lowest in FOP total scores. Age, sex, economic situation and employment effect the level of fear of progression. Systematic studies are needed to verify the importance of FOP for patients with chronic disease and to ascertain clinical indication for psychotherapeutic support.

Translated title of the contributionFear of progression in chronic diseases
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalPPmP Psychotherapie Psychosomatik Medizinische Psychologie
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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