The psychosocial impact of systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1984 Jan;27(1):13-9. doi: 10.1002/art.1780270102.


Seventy-six ambulatory patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and a comparison group of 23 ambulatory patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given a structured interview and standard psychological tests, including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, to determine the psychosocial impact of the illness. Both groups had significantly elevated scores on 3 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory scales: Hypochondriasis, Depression, and Hysteria. Psychological difficulties are an integral part of systemic lupus erythematosus and are as common as most other manifestations. The implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Psychological Tests
  • Quality of Life