The development of depressive symptoms among women with rheumatoid arthritis. The role of function

Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jan;38(1):49-56. doi: 10.1002/art.1780380108.


Objective: To examine the role of function and functional changes in the development of depressive symptoms among women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods: Data from a longitudinal panel study of persons with RA were used. Functional changes were assessed from 1989 to 1991, and depressive symptoms during 1992.

Results: Loss of valued activities was a significant risk factor for the developing depressive symptoms (i.e., score of > or = 7 on the Short Form Geriatric Depression Scale), but overall functional decline was not.

Conclusion: The aspect of functional decline that leads to development of depressive symptoms is the loss of valued activities, not simply the functional impairment.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthralgia / complications
  • Arthralgia / physiopathology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / epidemiology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors