Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a major cause of disability affecting about 1% of the population. Although much effort has been expended on research into the causes and cures of RA, little progress has been made. The focus of treatment in RA is on reducing the disabling consequences of the disease and controlling the symptoms.
Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis examines the nature of RA and its symptoms of pain and stiffness. The role of health care professionals and the individual's encounters with the doctor are important to understand as these experiences influence the individual's behaviour and understanding of their RA.
This book will be an invaluable aid to the considerable number of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, their families, carers and all health professionals involved in its treatment.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 The disorder and its treatment
7
Chapter 3 The experience of rheumatoid arthritis
23
Chapter 4 Pain and stiffness
45
Chapter 5 Quality of life
61
Chapter 6 Patientphysician relationships
85
Chapter 7 Coping with rheumatoid arthritis
111
Chapter 8 Social support and family relationships
135
Chapter 9 Psychological therapies
163
References
183
Index
219
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Gareth Williams is the owner of one of the most extensive collections of chess memorabilia in Europe, a collection that includes sets, boards, clocks, cards, prints, photos, ceramics, and more. He is author of The Amazing Book of Chess and is also a regular contributor to Chess Monthly and The Chess Collector magazines.

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