Psychological aspects of recurrent chest pain

Kisely, S. R., Russell, E. M. and Creed, F. H. (1993) Psychological aspects of recurrent chest pain. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 86 9: 516-518.

Author Kisely, S. R.
Russell, E. M.
Creed, F. H.
Title Psychological aspects of recurrent chest pain
Journal name Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-0768
Publication date 1993-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 86
Issue 9
Start page 516
End page 518
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Language eng
Abstract Of 113 consecutive patients admitted recurrently with chest pain 28% exhibited psychiatric morbidity using the GHQ-28 (General Health Questionnaire). Eighty patients had ischaemic heart disease, 17 had nonspecific pain and 13 were excluded because of other organic causes for their pain. Of the non-specific group, seven had been admitted previously with chest pain. In common with previous studies of first admissions with non-specific chest pain, recurrent admissions were younger and predominantly male. They also had a history of greater alcohol and cigarette use than patients with ischaemic heart disease. Greater psychiatric morbidity was not demonstrated in this small group of patients. In spite of the absence of an organic aetiology, patients with non-specific pain showed similar rates of re-admission to those with ischaemic heart disease before and after the study. Further research is indicated to identify aetiological and maintaining factors for continued non-specific pain.
Keyword GHQ
Non-specific chest pain
Myocardial infarction
Psychiatric morbidity
Recurrent chest pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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