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Arch Fam Med. 2000 Feb;9(2):143-9.

Self-reported arthritis-related disruptions in sleep and daily life and the use of medical, complementary, and self-care strategies for arthritis: the National Survey of Self-care and Aging.

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Department of Medicine, the Thurston Arthritis Research Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 27599-7330, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess relations between self-reported arthritis-related disruptions in sleep, physical activity, and social functioning and use of medical care, complementary therapies, and self-care for arthritis in older adults.

DESIGN:

A survey of self-reported arthritis-related disruptions in sleep and daily life as risk factors for use of 15 medical, complementary, and self-care modalities for relief of arthritis symptoms.

SETTING:

General community from 38 urban and 12 rural areas in the contiguous United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

Nine hundred thirty-seven older persons reporting arthritis; of the 1925 in the 1993 to 1994 follow-up of the National Survey of Self-care and Aging, a population-based, stratified, random sample of noninstitutionalized Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Use of 15 medical, self-care, and complementary modalities for relief of arthritis symptoms.

RESULTS:

Most respondents reported use of at least 1 medical, complementary, or self-care strategy for arthritis. Arthritis was reported to disrupt sleep and leisure in 32.8% and 33.4% of respondents, respectively. Individuals with sleep disruption were more likely than those without sleep disturbance to use medical, complementary, and self-care strategies (adjusted odds ratio [95% confidence interval], 2.31 [1.59-3.37] for seeing a physician; and 2.23 [1.60-3.10] for using physical modalities). Reported disruption in sleep from arthritis was associated with use of more medical, complementary, and self-care strategies than was any other disruption.

CONCLUSIONS:

Self-reported arthritis-related disruption in sleep is associated with use of a wide range of medical, complementary, and self-care strategies. Physicians, other health care providers, and researchers should not overlook the importance of this common and often-neglected symptom.

PMID:
10693731
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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