Chapter 23 : Rheumatoid arthritis

Hammond, A ORCID: and Jeffreson, P 2002, 'Chapter 23 : Rheumatoid arthritis' , in: Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction: principles, skills and practice (Fifth edition) , Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

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The major concerns of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are frustration in performing everyday activities, fears about disability and dependency on others, pain and loss of self-esteem. RA is a chronic, progressive inflammatory disease primarily affecting joints, characterised by pain and fatigue. People can experience multiple joint and other systemic effects for decades. The disease course is extremely variable between individuals and psychological status and social support affect its progress. This chapter discusses the biopsychosocial impact of rheumatoid arthritis, the rheumatology team, aims of treatment, occupational therapy assessment and interventions and the evidence for these.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Turner, A, Foster, M and Johnson, SE
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
ISBN: 9780443062247
Depositing User: Professor Alison Hammond
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 12:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:26

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