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Measuring quality of life in rheumatic conditions

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By JG Walker and GO Little John • • December 6, 2006

Journal: Clinical Rheumatology. 2006 Nov 24; [E-publication ahead of print] Authors and affiliation: Walker JG, Littlejohn GO. Centre for Mental Health Research, Australian National University, Canberra, 0200, Australia. [E-mail: ] PMID: 17124551

Musculoskeletal disorders often have associated pain, functional impairment, and work disability, and, not surprisingly, are the most common reasons for utilizing healthcare resources. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Fibromyalgia (FM) are causes of musculoskeletal pain and disability.

Research indicates that there is a widespread impact of RA and FM on physical, psychological, and social factors in affected individuals, and thus, outcome measures that encompass multiple aspects of quality of life are needed. Generic measures of quality of life identify associations between physical conditions and mental health and highlight the need to address psychological functioning to ultimately improve the individuals' quality of life.

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