This study examined the multivariate relationships of psychosocial factors with well-being in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Fifty-five patients with early RA (seven years) completed questionnaires on psychosocial factors and psychological and physical well-being. Illness perceptions related to worse depression and life satisfaction (especially in early RA) and to longer morning stiffness (especially in intermediate RA). Optimism related to lower pain in early and intermediate RA. Social support related to lower fatigue in established RA. Indications for interventions targeted by disease duration are discussed.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Health Psychology|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2005|
- rheumatoid arthritis
- psychological well-being
- social support