Familial hypercholesterolemia: ethical, practical and psychological problems from the perspective of patients.

Anders Ågård, Ingrid Ågren Bolmsjö, Göran Hermerén, Jan Wahlstöm

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The main aim of the study was to explore the extent to which familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) influences the life of the patients affected. The study employed a qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with 23 outpatients who were being treated following a diagnosis of heterozygous FH at a tertiary hospital in Göteborg, Sweden. Some interviewees reported concerns related to their medication and feelings of guilt when not complying with treatment recommendations. However, none of the respondents expressed sustained emotional distress or would have preferred to be ignorant of their diagnosis. Apart from being more observant about food intake, their awareness of FH did not appear to have had a substantial impact on their way of life. In fact, those who did not suffer from any other diseases generally regarded themselves as healthy. Discussing the genetic constitution with family members with whom they had close contact was natural, but informing distant family members was not.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-167
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Section I-II (013230011), Division of Nursing (Closed 2012) (013065000), Department of Medical Ethics (013230023)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


  • Familial hypercholesterolemia
  • Management
  • Ethics
  • Genetic disorders
  • Qualitative interview


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