Quality of life in adults with rheumatoid arthritis : a closer look at potential predictive factors

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Fermoyle, Vicki
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BA (Hons) Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study was to consider gender, age, social support, coping and duration of disease as potential predictive factors on quality of life in adults with rheumatoid arthritis. This was a cross sectional study of mixed design, 190 participants completed an online survey which included, demographic information, Quality of Life Index, Brief COPE and Social Support Questionnaire. Two open ended questions were also posed and were analysed using thematic analysis. Results indicated no significant correlation between age or duration of disease and quality of life. Social support and satisfaction with social support significantly correlated with quality of life, as did seeking emotional support. A significant positive correlation between acceptance and duration of disease and negative correlation between denial and duration of disease was revealed. Several insightful themes emerged regarding difficulties experienced and factors that contribute to participants’ quality of life. Author keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, quality of life