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Nurs Health Sci. 2006 Sep;8(3):133-9.

A nurse-led rheumatology clinic's impact on empowering patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A qualitative study.

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Department of Research and Development, Spenshult Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden. barbro.arvidsson@hos.hh.se

Abstract

The aim of this study was to describe a nurse-led rheumatology clinic's impact on empowering patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease that attacks many joints, causing considerable functional restrictions for patients. Consequently, these patients are dependent on a wide variety of health-care services. A descriptive, qualitative design inspired by phenomenography was chosen. The conceptions were collected through interviews with 16 strategically selected patients with RA. Three descriptive categories comprising eight conceptions emerged: teaching (gaining insight and receiving information), regular review (receiving security, realizing regularity, and achieving accessibility), and attention (getting a holistic assessment, receiving coordinated care, and getting sufficient time). A nurse-led rheumatology clinic can be a source for empowering patients with RA to adopt new stances to alternative actions and achieve a higher level of faith in their own abilities.

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