Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: the patient's perspective

Hamilton-West, Kate E. and Quine, Lyn (2009) Living with Ankylosing Spondylitis: the patient's perspective. Journal of Health Psychology, 14 (6). pp. 820-830. ISSN 1359-1053 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Kate Hamilton-West
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009 15:12
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2014 14:37
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