Eeva-Eerika Helminen

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BACKGROUND Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and imposes a heavy burden on individual welfare among elderly people. There is preliminary evidence that psychological factors play a role in functional ability and pain in knee OA patients, particularly with respect to the surgery outcome. Less is known about psychological factors(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness of a six week cognitive-behavioural group intervention in patients with knee osteoarthritis pain. DESIGN Single-blinded randomized controlled trial. STUDY SETTING Primary care providers in a medium-sized city in Finland. PATIENTS A total of 111 participants aged from 35 to 75 with clinical symptoms and(More)
BACKGROUND Knee osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, with pain being its most common symptom. Little is known about the psychological aspects of knee osteoarthritis pain. There is an emerging consensus among osteoarthritis specialists about the importance of addressing not only biological but also psychosocial factors in the assessment and(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a major public health challenge. General practitioners (GPs) could play a key role in its recognition. However, it often remains undiagnosed in primary care. This study assesses how well GPs and patients recognise MetS among patients with coronary heart disease or at least one of its risk factors. METHODS Twenty-six(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify predictors of pain and disability in knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN A one-year prospective analysis of determinants of pain and functioning in knee osteoarthritis. STUDY SETTING Primary care providers in a medium-sized city. PATIENTS A total of 111 patients aged from 35 to 75 with clinical symptoms and radiographic grading(More)
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