Investigating the relationship between coping, quality of life and depression/anxiety in patients with external fixation devices

Sandi Dheensa*, Shirley Thomas

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Few studies have explored psychosocial factors affecting depression, anxiety and quality of life (QOL) among adults with external fixation devices (EFDs). This cross-sectional study investigated whether maladaptive and adaptive coping and locus of control predicted these outcomes. Forty-seven participants, recruited from online support groups, completed an 86-item online questionnaire. Maladaptive coping e.g. denial, self-blame, substance-abuse and behavioural disengagement significantly predicted high anxiety and depression and lower psychological and social QOL. Adaptive coping e.g. active-coping and acceptance predicted higher psychological QOL. Results emphasise the importance of supporting EFD patients in developing adaptive coping strategies during, but also after, fixation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • External fixation
  • Ilizarov
  • Quality of life
  • Taylor spatial frame

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