Dissatisfaction, disability and rheumatoid arthritis

Hewlett, S., Young, P. and Kirwan, J. R. (1995) Dissatisfaction, disability and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care & Research, 8 (1). pp. 4-9. ISSN 0004-3591 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/10706

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/art.1790080104


Objectives: To investigate dissatisfaction with function in patients with rheumatoid arthritis [RA], and to see if dissatisfaction can be adequately explained by level of function. Methods: Fifty patients with RA were assessed for disease activity, psychological status, disability, expectation of future disability, and satisfaction with both global function and individual activities of daily living [ADL]. Results: Fifty percent of patients expressed dissatisfaction with global function, which correlated more strongly with pain (r = 0.474) and psychological status than with function (r = 0.398). Only 10% predicted improvement in global function. Seventy-two percent expressed dissatisfaction with performing at least one ADL. Conclusions: Patient dissatisfaction with both global function and individual ADL function is high and cannot adequately be explained by disability alone. Correlation with pain and psychological status implies that modifying these variables (perhaps through education programs about pain relief or relaxation) could reduce dissatisfaction.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:rheumatoid arthritis, outcome, disability, dissatisfaction, psychological
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
ID Code:10706
Deposited By: Professor S. Hewlett
Deposited On:04 Aug 2010 13:33
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 18:57

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