Session: SUN 88-129-Acromegaly & Prolactinoma
Poster Board SUN-106
Design: Cross sectional study.
Subjects: We included 50 patients after long-term remission of acromegaly. Patients completed the Drawing Test (with drawings on their body perception before acromegaly, during the active phase of acromegaly, and after long term biochemical remission of acromegaly) , the Illness Perception Questionnaire-Revised, the Physical Symptom Checklist, the EuroQoL-5D, and the AcroQoL.
Results: Patients perceived a dramatic change in body size during the active state of the disease compared with the healthy state prior to the awareness of acromegaly. Patients reported that their body did not completely return to the original proportions in the healthy state after long term biochemical control of acromegaly. In addition, there were strong correlations between the size of the drawings and the perceived negative consequences of acromegaly (P<0.05, larger drawings indicated more negative consequences). Emotional representations and illness identity were also correlated with the size of the drawing. Larger drawings indicated a higher score on emotional representations (P<0.05) and larger drawings also indicated more perceived symptoms that were attributed to acromegaly (P<0.01). The association between the Drawing Test and QoL was less apparent.
Conclusion: The Drawing Test appears to be a novel and relatively easy tool to assess the perception of patients after long-term remission of acromegaly. The assessment of drawings may enable doctors to appreciate the perceptions of patients with long-term remission of acromegaly, and will lead the way in dispelling idiosyncratic beliefs.
Nothing to Disclose: JT, EB, JAR, AMP, NRB, AAK
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