A comparison of the illness beliefs of people with angina and their peers: a questionnaire study.
Gill Furze, Alun Roebuck, Peter Bull, Robert JP Lewin, David R Thompson
BMC Cardiovasc Disord | Published : 2002
BACKGROUND: What people believe about their illness may affect how they cope with it. It has been suggested that such beliefs stem from those commonly held within society. This study compared the beliefs held by people with angina, regarding causation and coping in angina, with the beliefs of their friends who do not suffer from angina. METHODS: Postal survey using the York Angina Beliefs Questionnaire (version 1), which elicits stress attributions and misconceived beliefs about causation and coping. This was administered to 164 people with angina and their non-cohabiting friends matched for age and sex. 132 people with angina and 94 friends completed the questionnaire. RESULTS: Peers are mo..View full abstract