Important problems identified by patients with chronic arthritis

S Afr Med J. 1987 Jul 18;72(2):126-8.


To assess the impact of their illness on their whole life experience 345 patients with chronic arthritis were interviewed and completed a questionnaire. Four major sub-groups were identified--rheumatoid arthritis, gout, ankylosing spondylitis and osteo-arthritis. Taking into account definite inter-group differences, the commonest problems were pain (65%), stiffness (61%), inability to do everyday tasks (43%) and sexual difficulties (31%). The implications these problems raise in clinical practice are discussed and some suggestions for a rehabilitation programme made.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Boredom
  • Depression / complications
  • Employment
  • Gout / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Movement
  • Osteoarthritis / psychology*
  • Pain / complications
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Spondylitis, Ankylosing / psychology*