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Het gebruik van hulpmiddelen en kwaliteit van leven bij reumatoïde artritis

Brinks, L.F. (2012) Het gebruik van hulpmiddelen en kwaliteit van leven bij reumatoïde artritis.

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Abstract:The symptoms that Rheumatoide Artrithis (RA) entails, causes limitations for the way patients with RA are able to perform activities in a 'normal' way. There is also a decrease in the quality of life shown in RA patients. In order to cause RA patient to function in the best possible way, and to maintain a good quality of life, multiple assistive devices where designed. Several studies show that assistive devices cause patients to function better and to decrease difficulties. Therefore these devices contribute to a better quality of life in RA patients. This study examines the relation between assistive devices and a better quality of life for RA patients. No association was found between the use of assistive devices and a better quality of life in RA patients. The sub questions address the relations between assistive devices and the increase of general health, physical wellbeing, psychological wellbeing and social wellbeing. All 619 RA patients who participated in this study completed two questionnaires, which focus on the health related quality of life and difficulties which patients experience while performing all sorts of activities. These questionnaires are called the SF-36 and the HAQ. A stepwise multiple regression analyses is used to discover any covariates. More than half (58,3%) of the RA patients who participated in this study uses assistive devices. Physical functioning and physical pain where discovered to be covariates. These two variables explain the earlier found relation between the use of assistive devices and a worse general health, social functioning, physical role functioning, emotional role functioning en mental functioning. There was no relation left after controlling for covariates. This study showed no relation between the use of assistive devices and the increase of the quality of life in RA patients. The study did show that better physical functioning is associated to better general health, physical role functioning, social functioning, emotional role functioning and mental functioning. Less physical pain is associates to a better general health, physical roll functioning, social functioning, emotional functioning and mental functioning. The study also shows that RA patients experience better mental functioning when they have a love partner.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62331
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