Psychological assessment of patients with Meniere's disease

N. van Cruijsen*, J. P. C. Jaspers, H. B. M. van de Wiel, H. P. Wit, F. W. J. Albers

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate daily stressors, coping, personality, physical and mental health, and quality of life in Meniere patients. 110 consecutive patients with definite Meniere's disease were assessed using the Dutch Daily Hassles List, Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS), Symptoms Checklist 90 (SCL-90), NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), and the Short Form Health Survey 36 (SF-36). Duration and subjective severity of symptoms were scored using a self-report questionnaire. It was shown that Meniere patients had more daily stressors, used certain coping strategies less often, and had more psychopathology (e.g. anxiety and depression), and a worse quality of life compared to healthy reference groups. No abnormalities in personality were found. Patients with more severe symptoms had more psychopathology and a worse quality of life than patients with mild symptoms. The psychological profile of Meniere patients seems comparable to patients with other chronic diseases. The outcomes should be used to intensify psychological support in patients with this disabling disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-502
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume45
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2006

Keywords

  • Meniere's disease
  • psychological
  • quality of life
  • coping
  • personality
  • SF-36 HEALTH SURVEY
  • PERSONALITY-TRAITS
  • LIFE
  • DISABILITY
  • DISORDER
  • HEARING
  • VERTIGO
  • STRESS
  • MODEL

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