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J Adolesc Health. 2006 Jul;39(1):121-4.

Transition to adulthood in congenital heart disease: missed adolescent milestones.

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Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Center for Cancer and Immunology Research, Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Science, Washington, DC 20010-2970, USA. mlyon@cnmc.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To determine whether adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are better adjusted than adults with acquired heart disease (AHD).

METHODS:

Twenty-five adults with CHD completed the Patient Adjustment to Illness Self Report (PAIS-SR).

RESULTS:

CHD patients had good adjustment for Heath Care Orientation and Family Relations, but poorer adjustment for Vocational, Social and Domestic Environment, Sexual Relations, and Psychological Distress.

CONCLUSIONS:

The needs of CHD patients are not being met.

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