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Depression and anxiety in patients receiving interferon-alpha: the role of illness perceptions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1414
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number11
Early online date24 Jul 2016
Accepted/In press14 Jun 2016
E-pub ahead of print24 Jul 2016


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Development of psychiatric symptoms during interferon-alpha (IFN-α) therapy may be influenced by psychological factors. We examined illness perceptions using The Revised Illness Perceptions Questionnaire (IPQ-R) in 55 patients with chronic Hepatitis C virus infection, due to receive IFN-α. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) was used to assess the development of symptoms. Negative identity, consequences and emotional representations beliefs were significantly associated with both higher depression and anxiety scores. Negative illness perceptions play a predictive role in the development of IFN-α-induced psychiatric symptoms.

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