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The Importance of Social Work in Healthcare for Individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Linköpings universitet.
Mälardalens högskola.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Department of Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2531-7018
Karolinska institutet.
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2017 (English)In: Quality in Primary Care, ISSN 1479-1072, E-ISSN 1479-1064, Vol. 25, no 3, 138-147 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), often associatedwith psychosocial problems and reduced quality of life, benefitfrom the guidance of trained medical social workers. Thisstudy explores the effectiveness of psychosocial treatmentin patients with RA using a structured interview to detectpsychosocial problems for 100 patients. These individualswere offered regular sessions with a medical social worker.Three types of mixed-problems were found: mixed problemsrelated to RA, mixed problems related to the life situation, andmixed problems related to a combination of RA and the lifesituation. The RA patients who reported mixed-problems attime of their diagnosis received psychosocial treatment froma medical social worker regardless of the mixed problems theyexperienced. In addition, we found that disease-related mixedproblems seemed more treatable than other problems. Socialwork in somatic healthcare seems most successful in patientswith sickness-related social and psychosocial problems.

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2017. Vol. 25, no 3, 138-147 p.
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Rheumatoid arthritis, Social work, Psychosocial problems, Psychosocial treatment, Somatic healthcare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-6353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-6353DiVA: diva2:1140919
Available from: 2017-09-13 Created: 2017-09-13 Last updated: 2017-09-13Bibliographically approved

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