The Role of the Psychologist in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Adrienne H. Kovacs, Candice Silversides, Arwa Saidi, Samuel F. Sears

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The recognition and management of psychosocial difficulties among ACHD patients deserves increased attention. Working groups from Europe and North America have emphasized the inclusion of specialized mental health care for ACHD patients. There are a number of ways in which psychologists can be integrated into multidisciplinary ACHD care teams. These include the provision of clinical services, collaboration in a multidisciplinary research ream, and the provision of professional education to trainees in cardiology, nursing, and psychology. Barriers exist to the integration of psychologists, including the availability of individuals who have specialized cardiac psychology experience and concerns relating to financial reimbursement. Integration of psychologists requires a strong commitment from an ACHD center but would positively impact the lives of ACHD patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-618
Number of pages12
JournalCardiology Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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