Patient delays in seeking help at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis: the problem, its causes and potential solutions

Stack, R.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-0516-0228, Simons, G., Kumar, K., Mallen, C.D. and Raza, K., 2013. Patient delays in seeking help at the onset of rheumatoid arthritis: the problem, its causes and potential solutions. Aging Health, 9 (4), pp. 425-435. ISSN 1745-509X

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Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease for which early treatment is vital to limit long term joint damage. However, people often delay in seeking medical help at the onset of RA symptoms. The early interpretation of symptoms and the process of making sense of symptoms impacts on both help-seeking decision-making and self-management. Furthermore, the general public’s perceptions and knowledge of RA may also affect the way that symptoms are interpreted. Examining the psychology behind early symptom interpretation, the barriers to help-seeking behaviour and investigating the public understandings of RA, can help us understand how decisions are made and guide us in developing interventions which encourage people to seek help promptly at the onset of RA.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Aging Health
Creators: Stack, R.J., Simons, G., Kumar, K., Mallen, C.D. and Raza, K.
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd.
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2013
Volume: 9
Number: 4
ISSN: 1745-509X
Identifiers:
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10.2217/ahe.13.42DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:32
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:32
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14331

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