Measuring quality of life in rheumatic conditions

Date

2007

Authors

Walker, Janine
Littlejohn, Geoffrey

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Springer

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders often have associated pain, functional impairment and work disability, and, not surprisingly, are the most common reasons for utilizing healthcare resources. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia (FM) are causes of musculoskeletal pain and disability. Research indicates that there is a widespread impact of RA and FM on physical, psychological and social factors in affected individuals, and thus, outcome measures that encompass multiple aspects of quality of life are needed. Generic measures of quality of life identify associations between physical conditions and mental health and highlight the need to address psychological functioning to ultimately improve the individuals' quality of life.

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Keywords: disease association; fibromyalgia; functional disease; human; mental health; musculoskeletal disease; musculoskeletal pain; outcome assessment; physical capacity; priority journal; psychological aspect; quality of life; review; rheumatoid arthritis; socia Disability; Fibromyalgia; Quality of life; Rheumatoid arthritis

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Source

Clinical Rheumatology

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1007/s10067-006-0450-8

Restricted until

2037-12-31