[Psychosocial difficulties and hospitalisation experiences in adults with congenital heart disease. The utility of psychological interventions]

Pediatr Med Chir. Nov-Dec 2010;32(6):305-8.
[Article in Italian]


Adults with congenital heart disease, especially the ones who require constant medical care, encounter many psychosocial difficulties. These difficulties also occur in the interventional departments of cardiology and cardiac surgery, where they often have to make important decisions, undergo cardiology interventions and cardiac surgeries, and more rarely they also have to deal with unexpected complications that can lengthen their hospitalisation duration considerably. The literature has also outline predictive factors when it comes to the psychological difficulties encountered in this population. For these reasons, the inclusion of the psychologist in this context is essential.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / complications
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / psychology*
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / therapy
  • Heart Diseases / complications
  • Heart Diseases / congenital*
  • Heart Diseases / psychology*
  • Heart Diseases / therapy
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*