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Scand J Occup Ther. 2007 Jun;14(2):108-15.

Women with rheumatoid arthritis: non-vocational activities and quality of life.

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  • 1Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Education and Social Work, Sör-Tröndelag University College, Trondheim, Norway.


The aim of this study was to examine a possible relationship between partaking in non-vocational activities and health-related quality of life in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Two questionnaires were completed by 45 women with RA aged from 25 to 80. The MOS Short-Form 36 (SF-36) measured the health-related quality of life and the Interest Checklist measured the amount of non-vocational activities performed. The present study revealed a significant decrease in non-vocational activities by the participants during the last 10 years. Mental health status seemed to be of greater importance than physical function to perform non-vocational activities in daily life. There were indications that a high number of activities performed correlated positively with scores on psychological well-being, and that a low amount of activities performed correlated with the psychological distress scores.

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