The Importance of Illness Perception in End-Stage Renal Disease: Associations with Psychosocial and Clinical Outcomes
Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Seminars in Dialysis
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 59–64, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Chilcot, J. (2012), The Importance of Illness Perception in End-Stage Renal Disease: Associations with Psychosocial and Clinical Outcomes. Seminars in Dialysis, 25: 59–64. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2011.00987.x
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
Illness perceptions refer to organized beliefs surrounding the symptoms, consequences, time course, controllability, and causes of an illness. Illness perceptions have been shown to predict a range of psychosocial and clinical outcomes in patients with ESRD including depression, nonadherence, and even survival. Accordingly, personal illness beliefs are novel yet potentially modifiable prognostic factors. Studies are required to assert whether illness perception-based interventions deliver the promise of improved subjective and clinical well-being in patients with ESRD.