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Coping strategies, psychological impact and support preferences of men with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicentre survey

Flurey, C and Hewlett, S and RODHAM, Karen and White, A and Noddings, R and Kirwan, JR (2017) Coping strategies, psychological impact and support preferences of men with rheumatoid arthritis: a multicentre survey. Arthritis Care and Research. ISSN 2151-4658 (In Press)

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Objectives To investigate the existence and distribution of two typologies (termed ‘Factors’) of men with RA identified through our previous Q-methodology study (n=30) in a larger sample of men with RA, and whether differences in psychosocial impact or support preferences exist between the two factors, and between men and women with RA.

Methods A postal survey was sent to 620 men with RA from 6 rheumatology units across England, and the support preferences section of the survey was given to 232 women with RA.

Results 295 male patients (47.6%) and 103 female patients (44.4%) responded. Fifteen male participants had missing data, thus 280 were included in the analysis. Of these, 61 (22%) were assigned to Factor A (“accept and adapt”), 120 (35%) were assigned to Factor B (“struggling to match up”) and 99 (35%) were unassigned to either factor.
The two factors differed significantly with Factor B reporting more severe disease, less effective coping strategies and poorer psychological status. For support, men favoured a question and answer session with a consultant (54%) or specialist nurse (50%), a website for information (69%), a talk from researchers (54%), or a symptom management session (54%).
Overall, women reported more interest in support sessions than men, with ≥50% of women reporting interest in nearly every option provided.

Conclusions Some men accept and adapt to their RA, but others (43%) report severe disease, less effective coping and poor psychological status. Men’s preferences for support take the practical form, with a focus on expanding their knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen RODHAM
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 12:58
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2018 13:07
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3792

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