Hamilton-West, K.E. and Quine, L. (2009) Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: the patient's perspective. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (6). pp. 820-830. ISSN 1359-1053 .
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Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a potentially debilitating chronic condition that necessitates a biopsychosocial approach for successful long-term management. However, the psychosocial consequences of AS are not well understood. In this study patients (N=68) reported impacts of AS across a wide range of life domains; negative impacts included physical effects of AS, changes in mood or personality, effects on social life and relationships with friends and family, low self-esteem, stigma, and worry about the future; positive impacts included increased exercise, feelings of achievement and empathy, stronger relationships, slower pace of life and a more positive perspective. Implications for treatment are discussed.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||Ankylosing Spondylitis; benefit-finding; quality of life|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Applied Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Kate Hamilton-West|
|Date Deposited:||11 Nov 2009 15:12|
|Last Modified:||11 Nov 2009 15:12|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23315 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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