The objective was to study the relationship between life events (LE) and the clinical status of patients suffering from recently diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a 2 yr follow-up.
As part of a multicentre European cohort study, 370 French and Dutch patients were questioned three times at 1 yr intervals about LE which had occurred in the previous year.
Three criteria were used to quantify the degree of disease activity (Ritchie's index), the level of functional disability [Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) ] and perceived health [Overall Evaluation of Health (OEH) ]. Total LE and desirable LE showed a weak negative correlation with the HAQ scores.
On the other hand, death-related LE did not seem to modify patient status.
The higher the number of health-associated LE, the greater the deterioration in HAQ and OEH scores.
The results indicate that LE do not affect the course of early RA in a spectacular manner.
Mots-clés Pascal : Polyarthrite rhumatoïde, Homme, Psychométrie, Epidémiologie, Europe, Etude longitudinale, Analyse corrélation, Symptomatologie, Evénement existentiel, Qualité vie, Questionnaire, Chronique, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rhumatisme inflammatoire, Immunopathologie, Maladie autoimmune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rheumatoid arthritis, Human, Psychometrics, Epidemiology, Europe, Follow up study, Correlation analysis, Symptomatology, Life events, Quality of life, Questionnaire, Chronic, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Inflammatory joint disease, Immunopathology, Autoimmune disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0549129
Code Inist : 002B15D. Création : 24/03/1998.