Although different medical treatments have greatly improved the situation for patients with rheumatic diseases, much is still unknown regarding factors that predict a healthier outcome. The School of Health Sciences in J√∂nk√∂ping has, in collaboration with Spenshult Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (the only one of its kind in Sweden), several projects that highlight the patient‚Äôs perspective of rheumatic diseases. ‚ÄúOne important finding in ongoing studies is a healthier outcome in subjects who feel rested after sleep, but emotional support, sleep patterns, smoking and alcohol habits also appear to be important components. Knowledge of health factors associated to the development of a good health-related quality of life could be of use in clinical practice and public health work,‚ÄĚ says Professor Bengt Fridlund.

From a patient perspective regarding the cause of rheumatoid arthritis, based on caring science and research carried out by a multi-professional team, new knowledge has been gained that adds to the understanding of the disease. Different conceptions based on qualitative research techniques regarding the cause can be linked to certain personal and biological factors. ‚ÄúThese could give new clues to the origin of the disease and improve the type of health care provided. For example, it is fair to assume that a patient who associates his/her disorder with physical strain may be reluctant to accept a suggestion to improve their condition by physical training and exercise.‚ÄĚ

The research results are being implemented in a problem-based learning programme aimed at patients with rheumatic diseases who have insufficient relief from pain and fatigue. This programme is under evaluation.

Read more about Professor Bengt Fridlund’s research www.hhj.hj.se/doc/7663

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The School of Health Sciences is one of four schools within J√∂nk√∂ping University. The School is one of Sweden‚Äôs leading educators in health, care and social work. Research is conducted within three research areas: Ageing ‚Äď Living Conditions and Health; Quality Improvements, Innovations and Leadership; and CHILD. The School of Health Sciences has some 2,000 registered students, some 160 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 165 millions.

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