Antonia C. Lyons

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OBJECTIVES To explore women's experiences of the relatively uncommon postnatal illness of puerperal psychosis, and to gain understanding into living through and past the illness. DESIGN An interview-based study using grounded theory principles to analyse the qualitative data. METHODS Interviews were conducted with 10 women who had been diagnosed and(More)
This study examined the multivariate relationships of psychosocial factors with well-being in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Fifty-five patients with early RA (<six months), 52 with intermediate RA (one-seven years) and 47 with established RA (>seven years) completed questionnaires on psychosocial factors and psychological and physical well-being. Illness(More)
OBJECTIVES Using the transactional model of stress and coping, the present study investigated whether specific coping resources act as buffers of the relationship between perceived stress and psychological well-being among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. DESIGN A longitudinal observational study was carried out with assessments at baseline, 6 months(More)
Fatigue is a systemic feeling of exhaustion that is a common symptom of many chronic illnesses, including the autoimmune inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We examined predictors of levels of fatigue among people with RA using Leventhal's Common-Sense Model (CSM), which states that cognitive representations of an illness spur (or halt) people's(More)
Although food allergy can have serious health consequences, little is currently known about people's perceptions of food allergy. The present study examined the differences in awareness and perceptions of food allergy and anxiety between young people with and without a food allergy. Participants completed a questionnaire which asked about their perceptions(More)
OBJECTIVES Cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) is essential for the comparison of treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). CEA centres on accurate measurement of health utility (HU) preferences. Direct measures of HU in RA patients demonstrate weaker correlations with health status (functional disability and pain) than indirect measures. We examined whether(More)
Recent research shows upper respiratory infections (URIs) are influenced by minor daily events, especially those that are desirable and interpersonal in nature. The present study used a longer time frame, broader health measures and a between-subjects design to examine this effect. It also predicted that optimism and self-esteem would interact with minor(More)
BACKGROUND Sleep is an important daily process that can be disrupted by chronic illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). AIMS We tested whether demographic, medical and psychological factors act as predictors of change in frequency of sleep disruption associated with RA. METHODS A cohort of 129 White British people with RA (mean duration of RA(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the perceptions of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) about their health care provision in the United Kingdom. METHODS Semistructured interviews were conducted with 10 women aged 26 to 68 years who were diagnosed with SLE one to 12 years earlier. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analysed using(More)