Using psychologically informed care to improve mental health and wellbeing for people living with a heart condition from birth: a statement paper

Liza Morton

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Over the last few decades, medical and surgical advances have led to a growing population of individuals living with congenital heart disease. The challenges of this condition can reach beyond physical limitations to include anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, these psychological outcomes have been neglected; yet, they need not be inevitable. The factors contributing to these difficulties are considered here, drawing on current evidence and neuropsychological theories including the novel application of polyvagal theory. Suggestions for developing psychologically informed medical and social care to improve mental health, wellbeing and recovery and influence policy and training are proposed (See supplemental material for video abstract).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date7 Feb 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Feb 2019


  • congenital heart disease
  • polyvagal theory
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • trauma
  • post traumatic stress disorder
  • patient experience
  • wellbeing
  • medical
  • heart surgery
  • trauma informed
  • paediatric cardiac surgery
  • paediatric

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