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Delays in help seeking at the onset of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic synthesis of qualitative literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22121128     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A systematic review of qualitative peer-reviewed publications was conducted to identify drivers of and barriers to help-seeking behaviour in adults with new-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA). 1058 abstracts were searched to identify relevant publications. 21 relevant publications were identified assessed for quality and subjected to analysis informed by thematic and grounded theory frameworks. Several interacting themes were identified including the early experience of symptoms in relation to disease prototypes, minimising the impact of symptoms, speaking to others, gathering information and seeking alternative treatments, and issues related to accessing health services and attitudes towards healthcare professionals. Many people suggested that they had little knowledge of RA before diagnosis, believing RA to be a mild condition that affected older people. These misperceptions made correct symptom interpretation unlikely. Normalising and ignoring symptoms led people to delay in help-seeking. However, when symptoms impacted on daily activities help was usually sought. Individual interpretations of symptoms are both drivers of and barriers to help seeking. Targeted public health interventions are required to inform symptom interpretation and reduce delays.
Rebecca J Stack; Karen Shaw; Christian Mallen; Sandy Herron-Marx; Rob Horne; Karim Raza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Meta-Analysis; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2011-11-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the rheumatic diseases     Volume:  71     ISSN:  1468-2060     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Rheum. Dis.     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-03-05     Completed Date:  2012-05-08     Revised Date:  2014-03-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372355     Medline TA:  Ann Rheum Dis     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  493-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis*,  psychology,  therapy
Attitude to Health
Delayed Diagnosis
Health Promotion / methods
Health Services Accessibility
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Grant Support
19634//Arthritis Research UK; PB-PG-1208-18114//Department of Health

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