Psycho-social adjustment of rheumatoid arthritis patients from two alternative treatment settings

J Rheumatol. Jan-Feb 1979;6(1):80-7.


Fifty rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are compared with a control sample of 72 non-patients on five attitude scales which measure psychol-social adjustment. Patients generally indicate more negative attitudes toward self, which are significantly related to variables such as severity of condition and socio-economic status. The adjustment of patients who are being treated by registered nurses (physician extenders) is not significantly different from that of patients who are being treated by physicians.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Social Isolation
  • Socioeconomic Factors