Psychological consequences of cystic fibrosis in adults

Br J Hosp Med. 1991 Jun;45(6):368-71.


Increasing numbers of cystic fibrosis sufferers are surviving to adulthood. This article reviews the findings of psychological research into this group during the last decade. The psychological difficulties met by patients, families and doctors are reported. Illness coping strategies developed by sufferers, which may be applicable to other chronic diseases, are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cystic Fibrosis / psychology*
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Patient Compliance
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Isolation