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Personality factors in intermittent claudication related to the outcome of self-care program

Keltikangas-Järvinen L, Lindfors O, Lepäntalo M.
University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
DOI: 10.2340/16501977198719711


The relationship between personality factors in intermittent claudication and the patient's compliance with the therapeutic regimen was studied. Fifty-three patients with intermittent claudication were clinically examined, interviewed and tested with the Wechsler Intelligence Test, the Rorschach Test and the Ceasarec-Marke Inventory. The patients were given self-care program with four recommendations. After half a year, the clinical examinations and interviews were repeated. The results showed that the compliance with self-care program was relatively poor. Hostility, aggressiveness and affect-lability were obstacles to compliance. Obsessive-compulsive and dependent patients as well as those with strong guilt feelings followed the regimen best

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