Ethnic Differences in the Number of Miscarriages, Number of Children, Perceived Family Support and the Impact of the Disease on Daily Living in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Ethnic differences in the number of miscarriages, number of children, perceived family support and the impact of the disease on daily living in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

Clin Rheumatol. 2013 Mar 21;
Roussou E, Weerakoon A, Iacovou C, Ahmed K

Our aim was to test for ethnic differences in the number of children, number of miscarriages, family support and the impact of the disease on daily living among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Patients with SLE (n?=?54) who attended two hospitals in Essex, UK, were asked to complete a semi-structured, validated questionnaire. The number of children and the number of miscarriages were reported numerically. The level of family support and the impact of the disease on daily living were reported using 10 cm visual analogue scales (VAS) in which 10 cm represented the maximum support and worst effect on daily living, respectively. There were 20 Caucasian, 22 Asian and 12 African/Afro-Caribbean patients. There were 50 females and four males. The mean ± standard deviation (SD) age was 45.9?±?12.2 years, and the mean ± SD age at disease onset was 35.6?±?11.1 years. Overall, 34/50 female patients (68 %) reported having children of their own, while 17/50 female patients (34 %) reported one or more miscarriages. The miscarriages were mostly reported by Caucasian patients (45 % versus 18.1 % for Asian and 33.3 % for African/Afro-Caribbean patients; P?HubMed – rehab


The association between patellar alignments features and tibiofemoral joint osteoarthritis.

Clin Rheumatol. 2013 Mar 21;
Ozgül A, Günendi Z, Kesikburun S, Omaç OK, Ta?kaynatan MA

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The Experience of Younger Adults Following Myocardial Infarction.

Qual Health Res. 2013 Mar 20;
Andersson EK, Borglin G, Willman A

The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of the experience of younger people (< 55 years) during their first year following a myocardial infarction. We analyzed 17 interviews using a phenomenological-hermeneutic method. The core theme and central phenomenon was the everyday fight to redress the balance in life, which encompassed an existential, physical, and emotional battle to regain a foothold in daily life. The aftermath of a life-threatening event involved a process of transition while at the same time creating a new meaning in life. Lack of energy and its impact on the complex interplay of midlife combined with unreasonable demands from employers and health care professionals seemed to color the experience of the informants. The knowledge gained in this study can constitute a valuable contribution to overall quality assurance in nursing care and the development of nursing interventions for the cardiac rehabilitation of younger patients. HubMed – rehab



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