Published: July 22, 2020

Clinical Health Psychology student Alex Presciutti (along with colleagues) recently published, “Modifiable provider-patient relationship factors and illness perceptions are associated with quality of life in survivors of cardiac arrest with good neurologic recovery” (Resuscitation Plus Volume 3, September 2020). The researchers’ aim was to identify the implications of poor provider-patient communication, lack of readiness for discharge, and illness perceptions on quality of life and psychological symptoms in cardiac arrest survivors and caregivers. In this first round of analyses, the authors found that worse provider-patient communication, lower readiness for discharge, and more threatening illness perceptions were associated with worse quality of life in survivors. The strongest association with quality of life was threatening illness perceptions (i.e., threatening emotional and cognitive representations of one’s illness status and recovery).