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Living with rheumatoid arthritis and experiencing everyday life withTNF-a blockers
Samrehab/Akutblocket, Västerviks sjukhus, Västervik.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 17, no 4, 326-334 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to describe how persons with RA from an area in western Sweden experience everyday life with TNF-alfa-blockers. A purposive sampling of 11 women and four men, with an age ranging from 25 to 70 years, was conducted. A phenomenological approach was used in the study. The data were collected by unstructured in-depth interviews. The data analysis resulted in six code groups, of which four have appurtenant sub-groups. The six code groups are: "A noticeable change dominates the picture”; “Change in bodily and mental symptoms enables activity”; “Enabling care for oneself and others”; "Enabling improved or continued productivity”; “More rewarding leisure time”; and “Drawbacks of the medication”. The findings show that most of the informants had experienced dramatic changes in their daily lives since the medication reduced their symptoms, resulting in an increased level of activity.

Keywords: Activities of daily life (ADL), consequences for occupational therapy, enabling activity, phenomenological approach

 

 

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2010. Vol. 17, no 4, 326-334 p.
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Rheumatology and Autoimmunity Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-13580DOI: 10.3109/11038120903480055PubMedID: 20001643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-13580DiVA: diva2:358557
Available from: 2010-10-26 Created: 2010-10-22 Last updated: 2010-12-05Bibliographically approved

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