Rasmus Antoft

Aalborg University, Ålborg, North Denmark, Denmark

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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this follow-up study was twofold: firstly, to explore how people who were clinically regarded to be in a state of remission experienced their everyday lives with rheumatoid arthritis (RA); secondly, to explore the experiences of people in early remission with healthcare provision and their perceived support needs. Two focus group interviews were conducted with 11 participants in total. Interview data were analysed using content analysis methods. All participants felt that they were able to continue their normal everyday activities at home, at leisure and at work. They were also able to maintain their normal roles. Continuing the normality of everyday life seemed to be the most important defining variable for experiencing being in remission. Support needs were directly related to the participants' positive experiences of actual support from the healthcare providers and were related to the continuity of the care provider, coherence, being taken care of, having a personal and trusting relationship with the health professionals and being properly informed about RA and how to manage it. The participants wanted to concentrate on wellness and tended to avoid thinking of possible side effects, being chronic ill and the development of RA in the future.
    Musculoskeletal Care 05/2012; 10(3):162-70.
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to explore how everyday life is affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in order to inform patient education and clinical practice and generate further research. Six focus group interviews were conducted with, in total, 32 participants. Interview data were analysed using content analysis methods. The study showed that RA affected almost every aspect of participants' everyday lives, particularly self-identity, social relationships, work and relationships with health and social care professionals. A small number of the participants did not have these experiences, due to receiving fast diagnosis and effective medical treatment. The findings point to a need to increase knowledge about RA, support symptom management and reduce the physical, social and psychological challenges posed by RA in everyday life. An individualized and engaged approach to patient education, taking the individual experiences as the point of departure, is suggested. The results indicate directions for further research. The general implications for patient education that emerge from this study might not address the support needs of those who did not experience significant changes in everyday life. A more detailed and in-depth understanding about living with RA in the first years after diagnosis would provide a valuable supplement to the many retrospective studies, and useful knowledge in the design of patient education tailored to those who are newly diagnosed with RA.
    Musculoskeletal Care 12/2011; 10(1):29-38.
  • 01/2011;
  • Janne Seemann, Rasmus Antoft