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Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jan;38(1):49-56.

The development of depressive symptoms among women with rheumatoid arthritis. The role of function.

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Arthritis Research Group, University of California, San Francisco 94109.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the role of function and functional changes in the development of depressive symptoms among women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

METHODS:

Data from a longitudinal panel study of persons with RA were used. Functional changes were assessed from 1989 to 1991, and depressive symptoms during 1992.

RESULTS:

Loss of valued activities was a significant risk factor for the developing depressive symptoms (i.e., score of > or = 7 on the Short Form Geriatric Depression Scale), but overall functional decline was not.

CONCLUSION:

The aspect of functional decline that leads to development of depressive symptoms is the loss of valued activities, not simply the functional impairment.

PMID:
7818571
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780380108
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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