It is recognised that patients have to make behaviour changes and psychological adjustments to address the impact of inflammatory arthritis on their lives. Challenges include fluctuating pain, fatigue and flares of disease activity, and emotional consequences. Meeting these challenges effectively requires patients to engage in medical management, role management, and emotional management. For some patients this can be a struggle, and the rheumatology team can be a valued source of support.
This session will examine patient perspectives on the psychological impact of inflammatory arthritis and the role of the rheumatology team in meeting the associated support needs. It will look at the relationship between psychological distress, well-being and self-management, and will highlight patients' views on the characteristics of patient-centred, collaborative care. It will look at factors that influence psychological impact, adaptation and self-management; present data from patients on ways in which well-being and self-management can be enhanced or diminished through clinical interactions with the rheumatology team; and will consider the implications for clinical practice, including the training needs of the rheumatology team.
Disclosure of Interest None declared