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Well-being in children with juvenile chronic arthritis
The Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg University, Sweden.
The Nordic School of Public Health, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Paediatrics, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, ISSN 0392-856X, E-ISSN 1593-098X, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 125-130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe a model for predicting well-being in children with juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA). METHODS: 125 children (43 boys) (median age 14.1 yrs; range 10.3-17.8) rated disability and discomfort (Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire). Pain control, pain reduction and fatigue were evaluated (visual analogue scales). In addition, variation of pain intensity was rated by a pain intensity scale. Analysis by the stepwise regression technique was used to explain the variability in well-being. Eight independent variables were included as possible predictors in the model (p < 0.1). RESULTS: The analyses indicated that well-being in children with JCA is related to three clusters of variables; pain "as it normally is", number of pain-free days and attending physical education classes. The analysis explained a substantial portion of the total variance in the children's well-being (55.1%). CONCLUSION: Pain is a robust predictor of well-being in children with JCA. This supports the concept of the benefits of reducing chronic joint pain as a major goal in caring of these children.

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Pisa: Pacini , 2004. Vol. 22, no 1, p. 125-130
Keywords [en]
juvenile chronic arthritis, children, well-being, adaptation, psychological, adolescent, arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid/physiopathology, juvenile rheumatoid/psychology, child, disability evaluation, female, health status, humans, male, pain/physiopathology, pain measurement, quality of life, questionnaires, sickness impact profile
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4509ISI: 000189014700018PubMedID: 15005016Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-1242331347OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4509DiVA, id: diva2:321498
Available from: 2010-06-01 Created: 2010-06-01 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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