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Living with Arthritis

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0810-2
320 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Living with Arthritis provides an overview of arthritis that is grounded in the realities of living with a long-term condition often characterised by pain, fatigue, physical limitations, anxiety or depression.
  • Arthritis is one of the most common, long-term conditions affecting millions of people worldwide
  • The book draws not only on the growing body of literature in psychosocial rheumatology, but also on Professor Barlow's own research
  • A substantial section devoted to interventions with a psychological basis
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List of Abbreviations.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction.

2. Arthritis and Disease Management.

Osteoarthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Ankylosing Spondylitis.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.

Metaphysical Explanations for Arthritis.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine .

Chapter Summary.

3. Onset, Diagnosis and Duration of Disease.

Onset, Personality and Stress.

Diagnosis.

Duration.

Chapter Summary.

4. Life with Arthritis.

Disease Symptomatology and Impact.

Emotional Reactions and Activity Restrictions.

Social Issues.

Resistance to Disruption.

Children with JIA and their Parents.

Chapter Summary.

5. The Psychological Impact on Person and Family.

Psychological Impact on the Person.

Mediators and Moderators of Psychological Wellbeing.

Positive Aspects of Psychological Wellbeing.

Children with JIA.

Chapter Summary.

6. The Social Impact on Person and Family.

Parenting with Arthritis.

Social Support.

Children and Parents.

Social Impact: Society.

Working with Arthritis.

Chapter Summary.

7. Health Care and Patient Education.

The Experience of Health Care.

Patient Education.

Chapter Summary.

8. Psycho-Educational Interventions.

Cognitive Behavioural Interventions.

Interventions Based on Emotional Disclosure.

Social Support Interventions.

Multi-Component Interventions Focused Primarily on Exercise.

Multi-Component Self-Management Interventions.

Personal Development Interventions.

Interventions for Enhancing Employment Potential.

Interventions in JIA.

Effectiveness of Psycho-Educational Interventions.

Chapter Summary.

9. Agenda for the Future.

Under-Researched Groups.

Under-Researched Psychosocial Domains.

Expand Research on Positive Dimensions.

Health Care and Interventions.

Longitudinal Studies.

Chapter Summary.

Appendix: Malcolm Macdonald’s Arthritis Journey.

References.

Index.

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Julie Barlow is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Professor of Health Psychology with over 18 years’ experience of research, primarily in the field of self-management for people with long-term health conditions. She has been Director of a Research Centre at Coventry University since 1994.
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  • Arthritis is one of the most common, long-term conditions affecting millions of people worldwide
  • Living with Arthritis provides an overview of arthritis that is grounded in the realities of living with a long-term condition often characterised by pain, fatigue, physical limitations, anxiety or depression
  • The book draws not only on the growing body of literature in psychosocial rheumatology, but also on Professor Barlow's own research
  • A substantial section devoted to interventions with a psychological basis
See More
'As a comprehensive exploration of the psychological impact of arthritis on people's lives, Living with Arthritis is most welcome. People can, albeit with difficulty, imagine some of the physical pain which people with arthritis experience. But we need to deepen our understanding of the impact of the condition on family life, on our emotions, on our working lives and above all on how we as people with arthritis see ourselves. This book explains and confronts the problems but most importantly of all it examines the support tools available to help people self-manage more effectively.'
–Neil Betteridge, Chief Executive, Arthritis Care

'This is a long needed book which should prove useful to anyone wanted to know more about the psychological and social aspects of arthritis.'
–Professor Kate Lorig, Director, Patient Education Research Center

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