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Information needs in parents of children with a rheumatic disease

Author:
ULLRICH G.
Journal article citation:
Child: Care, Health and Development, 35(1), January 2009, pp.41-47.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

This study aimed to explore the information needs of parents of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Cross-sectional, anonymous survey using a purpose-designed questionnaire, which separately assessed sources of information and topics. With respect to sources, we also asked about their degree of helpfulness, and regarding topics, we also asked about further

Journal article

The role of psychological variables in explaining depression in older people with chronic pain

Authors:
LOPEZ-LOPEZ Almundena, et al
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 12(6), November 2008, pp.735-745.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

Depression is commonly associated with chronic pain, and is also a common condition in the elderly. However research in the area of depression and pain is scarce. The aim of the present work was to analyse how cognitive-behavioural and perceptual variables help to explain the presence or absence of depression in older people with chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis.  A total of 104 older adults were evaluated using a protocol that measured depression, perceptual characteristics of pain (intensity, frequency and duration), beliefs about pain, self-efficacy beliefs, coping style, coping strategies and pain behaviours.  Using Student's t-tests and discriminant analysis, it was found that psychological variables such as catastrophizing, passive coping, complaint behaviour, avoidance, coping self-statements, ignoring pain sensations and stability and mystery beliefs help to explain depressive symptomatology.  The present study confirms the important role of cognitive-behavioural variables in the discrimination between older adults who suffer pain with and without symptoms of depression. Moreover, certain variables that in young adults had been seen to play a non-adaptive role, such as ignoring pain sensations, were seen to have an adaptive function in the elderly. The results also support depression models - such as Abramson's Hopelessness Model - proposing that depression in chronic pain patients, unlike in other groups of depressed people, is characterized by absence of self-blame feelings.

Journal article

Arthritis pain

Authors:
YOON Eunkyung, DOHERTY John B.
Journal article citation:
Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 50(S1), 2008, pp.79-103.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Place of publication:
Philadelphia, USA

Arthritic pain is a common and disabling condition for many older people in the USA, and is often under-treated despite its significant negative impact on quality of life. This systematic review examines the empirical literature on psychosocial interventions, including cognitive-behavioural treatments and psycho-educational interventions. The former has been shown to have a major positive impact on pain control, while the latter has contributed to better understanding and self-treatment. The paper concludes with a ‘treatment resource appendix’ directed at US practitioners. (Copies of this article are available from: Haworth Document Delivery Centre, Haworth Press Inc., 10 Alice Street,  Binghamton, NY 13904-1580).

Journal article

The self-regulatory model in women with rheumatoid arthritis: relationships between illness representations, coping strategies, and illness outcome

Authors:
CARLISLE Alexandra C. S., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Health Psychology, 10(4), November 2005, pp.571-587.
Publisher:
British Psychological Society

... the hypothesis that coping strategies partially mediate the relationship between illness representations and illness outcome in women with rheumatoid arthritis. The study is an observational cross-sectional design. Self-report measures of illness representations, coping strategies, and illness outcome were collected from 125 women with rheumatoid arthritis attending rheumatology outpatient clinics. Clinical

Book

Living with arthritis

Author:
BARLOW Julie
Publisher:
BPS Blackwell
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
310p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
Chichester

This author discusses the issues of living with the long-term condition of arthritis. It focuses on not only dealing with pain but the impact on family, emotions, working lives and self image. The author draws on the growing body of literature in psychosocial rheumatology as well as her own research. The depth of understanding offered by qualitative approaches is complemented by quantitative investigations where relevant. A substantial section of the book is devoted to interventions with a psychological basis. It focuses on the belief that anything which promotes a positive change is of vital importance in assisting people with arthritis to make the adjustments needed to attain a satisfactory quality of life. Topics covered include: arthritis and disease management; onset, diagnosis and duration of disease; life with arthritis; the psychological impact on person and family; the social impact on person and family; healthcare and patient education; psycho-educational interventions; and the agenda for the future.

Journal article

Comparison of health-related quality of life and associated psychological factors between younger and older patients with established rheumatic disorders

Authors:
GOULIA Panagiota, et al
Journal article citation:
Aging and Mental Health, 14(7), September 2010, pp.819-827.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

The cross-sectional study involved 320 patients with various rheumatic disorders who were attending a follow-up clinic at the University Hospital of Ioannina. HRQOL (health-related quality of life) was assessed by the 26-item World Health Organisation Quality of Life Instrument (WHOQOL-BREF), and functional limitations, psychological distress, defence mechanisms, sense of coherence, and interpersonal difficulties were also assessed. The results showed that older patients presented more impaired physical HRQOL and social relationships HRQOL independent of disease type, education, and pain. Functional limitations were more prominent in the older group. Pain, functional limitations, and psychological distress were independently associated with physical HRQOL in both groups. Psychological distress was the only common independent correlate of social relationships HRQOL. Personality factors were significant correlates of physical and social relationships HRQOLs only in the younger group, while the impact of pain in physical HRQOL was greater for younger than older patients. The article concludes that older patients with rheumatic diseases experience more impaired HRQOL than the younger ones, and the management and prevention of functional limitations and psychological distress should be a priority.

Journal article

Consumer health organisations for people with diabetes and arthritis: who contacts them and why?

Authors:
BOYLE Frances M., et al
Journal article citation:
Health and Social Care in the Community, 16(6), November 2009, pp.628-635.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

... been directed to the organisation by a health professional, compared with less than one-third of those with arthritis. The study concludes that people who contact CHOs report benefits and health actions conducive to better self-management. The integration of CHOs within the wider health system, as in the case of the diabetes CHO in this study, is likely to facilitate contact.

Journal article

Brief report: cognitive emotion regulation strategies and psychological adjustment in adolescents with a chronic disease

Authors:
GARNEFSKI Nadia, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Adolescence, 32(2), April 2009, pp.449-454.
Publisher:
Academic Press

The objective of the study was to examine how cognitive emotion regulation strategies were related to psychological maladjustment in adolescents with a chronic disease. The sample consisted of adolescents with a diagnosis of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA). A self-report questionnaire was used to assess Internalizing problems and Quality of Life. The specific cognitive emotion regulation

Journal article

Care management for depression and osteoarthritis pain in older primary care patients: a pilot study

Authors:
UNUTZER Jurgen, et al
Journal article citation:
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(11), November 2008, pp.1166-1171.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

... with depression and osteoarthritis pain. The intervention entailed a nurse administered care management program supporting depression and arthritis treatment by primary care physicians. Outcomes include depression, pain severity and functional impairment from pain assessed at baseline and 6 months. Fourteen patients participated in the pilot program. Between baseline and 6 months, mean HSCL-20 depression

Journal article

Psychological well-being across 1 year with rheumatoid arthritis: coping resources as buffers of perceived stress

Authors:
TREHARNE Gareth J., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Health Psychology, 12(3), September 2007, pp.323-345.
Publisher:
British Psychological Society

Using the transactional model of stress and coping, the present study investigated whether specific coping resources act as buffers of the relationship between perceived stress and psychological well-being among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. A longitudinal observational study was carried out with assessments at baseline, 6 months and 1 year. Measures of perceived stress, coping resources

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