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How are competence, autonomy and relatedness associated with fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis? : a qualitative study.

Gallus, M. (2016) How are competence, autonomy and relatedness associated with fatigue in Rheumatoid Arthritis? : a qualitative study.

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Abstract:Within the symptoms of rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), patients report undergoing extreme fatigue which influences patients enormously in daily life. Due to fatigue, patients are inhibited in function optimally. Looking at optimal functioning from a theoretical point of view, the self-determination theory provides for an explanation. It states that if competence, autonomy and relatedness are fulfilled, psychological well-being will take place which underlies optimal functioning. The current study described the three basic needs competence, autonomy and relatedness as (de)motivators for dealing with fatigue. In a semi-structured interview, 13 RA patients (mean age = 47,62) who experienced fatigue were interviewed individually. Participants were split into two age groups, younger (range = 22-34) and older (range = 50-79) participants to compare the emergence of basic needs. The interviews were analyzed with a mixed top-down and bottom-up coding scheme. It was found that both undermining and supporting aspects regarding basic needs exist, which influence daily life. Regarding the results of the current study, it was concluded that the investigation of basic needs provided for a helpful insight into the handling of fatigue in RA patients. The found aspects can be used to establish a management program targeting the handling of fatigue in daily life.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/69395
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