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Title: Personality traits of patients in line for heart transplant programs
Authors: ROMANO, BellkissSILVA, DeniseODRIOZOLA, DanielaRONICK, PatrickHOJAIJ, Elaine
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY, v.47, suppl.1, Special Issue, p.447-447, 2012
Abstract: Personality can be understood as a set of expressions of behaviours and traits that characterise the individual in a unique way. It is both subjective, relatively consistent, but also dynamic, and could be modified. It is known that personality profiles and behavioural patterns are reflected in attitudes towards life, on several occasions, including illness. Heart transplantation is an increasingly used therapy in cases of severe heart failure, where there is no possibility of conventional medical/surgical treatment with a life expectancy of less than one year. To reach heart transplantation, a patient must submit to multidisciplinary assessment, in order to evaluate both his clinical and psychosocial profile. 13 patients who were in line for the Heart Transplant Program participated in this study. The objective was to identify, in the long-term, what personality traits and behaviours benefit transplant patients by improving survival, treatment adherence and quality of life. This is a longitudinal study, where such patients will be followed for the next ten years. The Comrey Personality Scale (CPS), was used as a multidimensional measure of value and explains the major personality traits. There were predominant features in our results including: Defensiveness, defiance, lack of compulsion, lack of energy, emotional instability, extroversion, femininity and self-centeredness. On the basis of these results, we discuss intervention strategies that contribute to successful transplantation. Results were presented both quantitatively and qualitatively.
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