Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP
An arrhythmia, or cardiac rhythm disorder, is characterized by a change in the normal pattern of electrical impulses that occur in the heart. Cardiac arrhythmias can be life-threatening. Adolescents and young adults who have arrhythmias experience challenges of youth coupled with the medical challenges associated with their diagnoses. Cardiologists who treat these patients are faced with an ongoing need for decision-making surrounding addressing alcohol and substance use, which can be prevalent in adolescent and young adult populations. This qualitative study explored what guides physicians’ decision-making, as well as physicians’ beliefs and practices regarding how they address alcohol and substance use in their cardiac rhythm disorder patients.
Stewart, Nicole, "Examining How Cardiologists Address Alcohol and Substance Use in Their Adolescent and Young Adult Patients Diagnosed with Cardiac Rhythm Disorders" (2018). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 466.