The recent literature on behavioral and social research in
rheumatology covers the descriptive epidemiology of the
behavioral, psychologic, and social impact of rheumatic
diseases, the identification of risk factors and predictors of
psychosocial outcomes, and cognitive and behavioral
interventions used in the management of rheumatic disease.
Past studies focused primarily on behavioral and social
outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Recent
work has continued to explore these issues in rheumatoid
arthritis and osteoarthritis, but a number of studies are
examining psychosocial impact and interventions in other
rheumatic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and systemic
sclerosis. The continued understanding of these consequences
of rheumatic disease will enhance the quality of life in
individuals who have these conditions.