Britta Strömbeck

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OBJECTIVE To estimate the prevalence of spondyloarthritis and its subtypes. METHODS The Swedish healthcare organisation comprises a system where all inpatient and outpatient care is registered by a personal identifier. For the calendar years 2003-7, all residents aged ≥ 15 years in the southernmost county of Sweden (1.2 million inhabitants) diagnosed by a(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the health-related quality of life in women with primary Sjogren's syndrome (prim SS) and compare with normative data and the health-related quality of life in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and women with fibromyalgia. METHODS A questionnaire including the MOS Short-Form 36 (SF-36) was completed by 42 prim SS women, 59 RA(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop and evaluate the effect of a new arthritis education program based on a previous study. METHODS One hundred individuals with established rheumatoid arthritis randomized to an intervention group or a control group completed self-report questionnaires. RESULTS Three months after the education program the patients in the intervention(More)
OBJECTIVE To study patient-reported physical activity in patients with spondylarthritis (SpA) and possible differences in physical activity patterns between the SpA subtypes and sexes. METHODS In 2009, a questionnaire including inquiries concerning physical activity was sent to patients with a SpA diagnosis (n = 3,711). The World Health Organization (WHO)(More)
OBJECTIVE To translate the disease-specific Profile of Fatigue (ProF) into Swedish and to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Swedish version. METHODS Forward and back translations were performed. Seventy patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS), 48 control persons, and two rheumatologists participated. Test-retest reliability, internal(More)
BACKGROUND In evaluating complex interventions, it is a challenge for researchers to provide transparent reporting of the intervention content with sufficient detail and clarity such that effects can be compared across studies or countries. OBJECTIVE To describe and compare the content of current rehabilitation for patients with inflammatory arthritis(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of a moderate to high intensive exercise program on two primary outcomes (aerobic capacity, fatigue), and three secondary outcomes [anxiety, depression and health-related quality of life (HRQoL)] in women with primary Sjögren's syndrome (primary SS). METHODS Twenty-one women with primary SS were ranked according to(More)
OBJECTIVES Using prospectively collected registry data to investigate sick leave (sickness benefit and sickness compensation) over a 7-yr period in patients with AS in comparison with population-based controls matched for age, sex and residential area. METHODS We investigated 122 (21 women and 101 men) outpatients with AS in South Sweden, born 1942 or(More)
BACKGROUND ( is a European project supported by the EU and European League Against Rheumatism to improve musculoskeletal care in Europe. OBJECTIVE To develop patient-centred healthcare quality indicators (HCQIs) for healthcare provision for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS Based on a systematic literature(More)
A Swedish version of the self-report instrument Arthritis Helplessness Index (AHI) is presented. Validity and reliability of the translation has been analyzed. 100 consecutive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were studied, 78 of which completed 2 self-administered questionnaires with AHI, impairment, pain, anxiety and depression. Furthermore 20 of(More)