Psychological participation in cardiological rehabilitation: an experience of reduction of anxiety states through a psychological group of discussion

  • Massimo Penna Servizio di Psicologia Ospedaliera, AUSL Modena, Italy.
  • Luca Nicoli | dott.nicoli@libero.it Servizio di Psicologia Ospedaliera, AUSL Modena, Italy.

Abstract

The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficacy of a discussion group as a psychological instrument in the field of Cardiological Rehabilitation. This consisted in a one hour and half discussion, lead by a Psychologist with the presence of a nurse of the Service, during which the patients traduced in words the traumatic effects of the surgical operation. In particular, after this psychological intervention we found a reduction of the state anxiety as evaluated through the STAI-X1 Questionnaire, with a test-retest methodology, in a group of 43 patients of the Cardiological Rehabilitation Service of the Castelfranco Hospital in Emilia. These results demonstrate a significant reduction of anxiety, which was more evident in patients with higher initial levels of anxiety.

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2016-01-26
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anxiety, rehabilitation, psychology
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Penna, M., & Nicoli, L. (2016). Psychological participation in cardiological rehabilitation: an experience of reduction of anxiety states through a psychological group of discussion. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, 68(4). https://doi.org/10.4081/monaldi.2007.442