Optimaliseren van patientenervaringen bij diagnostisch hartonderzoek

Project: Research project

Project Details


Several factors impact the disease progression, rehospitalization, and risk of death in patients with coronary heart disease. One of the risk factors is low psychological well-being or negative emotions. This study aims to improve patient psychological well-being as well as patient satisfaction through two interventions. Additionally, it tries to unravel the effects of low psychological well-being or negative emotions on cardiac or other physical symptoms, and autonomic regulation of the heart. The study is performed at Institute Verbeeten with patients who undergo myocardial perfusion imaging to detect myocardial ischemia. Two interventions were developed, an informational video each of the two days of the investigation which explains what will happen, as well as a coach that guides and assists the patients throughout their investigation at Institute Verbeeten. The study uses a 2x2 factorial design with four groups: Care as usual (CAU), CAU + video, CAU + coach, and CAU + video + coach. Outcome measures include psychological well-being (primary outcome: self-reported emotional states and FaceReader assessment), symptoms during the diagnostic testing procedure, patient satisfaction, and autonomic nervous system activity through 24-hour Holter recording.

Key findings

Effective start/end date1/11/221/07/23


  • CAD
  • Myocardial perfusion imaging
  • Psychological well-being
  • Intervention
  • Autonomic regulation
  • Patient satisfaction


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