Print Email Facebook Twitter Health-related quality of life in young adults with minor congenital heart disease Title Health-related quality of life in young adults with minor congenital heart disease Author Fekkes, M. Kamphuis, R.P. Ottenkamp, J. Verrips, E. Vogels, T. Kamphuis, M. Verloove-Vanhorick, S.P. TNO Preventie en Gezondheid Publication year 2001 Abstract The present study examined the social impediments experienced by young adults with minor congenital heart disease (CHD) and compared the health status and health-related quality of life of these CHD-patients with a matched group (age, sex) from the general population. Young adults with minor CHD, not in need of surgical correction, were sent a questionnaire. Results showed that a substantial part of the CHD-patients experienced social impediments, i.e. at school (19%), during free time (15%), in choosing (13%) or performing a job (9%), with medical examinations for job/insurance (19%), and taking out a life insurance policy (8%). Those CHD-patients that experienced social impediments reported a health status and health-related quality of life comparable with the general population. Remarkably, CHD-patients without social impediments reported a better health-related quality of life for 6 of the 12 scales, when compared with the general population. This last result might be explained by coping mechanisms resulting in a higher appreciation of health status which is expressed in a higher health related quality of life. Subject HealthCongenital heart diseaseHealth statusQuality of life To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:dfd202e3-620f-4f90-b860-ac3012ed7465 TNO identifier 236342 ISSN 0887-0446 Source Psychology and Health, 16 (2), 239-250 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.