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The Importance of Social Work in Healthcare forIndividuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Activity and Health.
Division of Social Work, School of Health Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College, Sweden.
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Quality in Primary Care, ISSN 1479-1072, E-ISSN 1479-1064, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 138-147Article, review/survey (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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Insight Medical Publishing Group , 2017. Vol. 25, no 3, p. 138-147
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Rheumatoid arthritis; Social work; Psychosocial problems; Psychosocial treatment; Somatic healthcare
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-154964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-154964DiVA, id: diva2:1294396
Available from: 2019-03-07 Created: 2019-03-07 Last updated: 2019-03-08

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