Impact of symptoms on daily life in people at risk of rheumatoid arthritis

L. H. D. van Tuyl, Karim Raza, Rebecca Stack, Maurits Sloots, Lotte van de Stadt, Bertha Maat, Wijnanda Hoogland, Dirkjan van Schaardenburg

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Abstract

Objectives
To explore the impact on daily life of symptoms experienced by those with systemic autoimmunity associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods
Fifteen people took part in focus groups to explore the impact of symptoms on daily life.

Results
Core themes included: 1) physical impact of limited hand function and mobility; 2) psychological distress experienced included a fear of symptoms progressing into RA, uncertainty about the future, feelings of despair, shame and frustration.

Conclusion
People with arthralgia at risk of developing RA experienced considerable physical and psychological impact of symptoms. Greater consideration should be given to the needs of people at risk of developing RA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-173
JournalMusculoskeletal care
Volume14
Issue number3
Early online date17 Dec 2015
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2015

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