Lisa R. Jewett

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INTRODUCTION Psychosocial and rehabilitation interventions are increasingly used to attenuate disability and improve health-related quality of life (HRQL) in chronic diseases, but are typically not available for patients with rare diseases. Conducting rigorous, adequately powered trials of these interventions for patients with rare diseases is difficult.(More)
OBJECTIVE Sexual impairment in women with SSc has received little attention. The objective of this study was to compare levels of sexual impairment in women with SSc with samples of women with medical illnesses for which sexual impairment has been researched more extensively. METHODS SSc patients completed the Sexual Relationships subscale of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Depression is common in many rheumatic diseases and is associated with poor prognosis. No studies of patients with any rheumatic diseases, however, have assessed the stability of major depressive disorder (MDD) diagnoses over time. The objective of the present study was to assess the stability of MDD diagnoses among patients with systemic(More)
Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc; also called scleroderma) have to cope with not only the physical impacts of the disease but also the emotional and social consequences of living with the condition. Because there is no cure for SSc, improving quality of life is a primary focus of treatment and an important clinical challenge. This article summarizes(More)
BACKGROUND Body image concerns are infrequently studied in systemic sclerosis (SSc), even though significant visible disfigurement is common. The objective of this study was to identify sociodemographic and disease-related correlates of dissatisfaction with appearance and social discomfort among people with SSc. METHODS SSc patients came from the(More)
BACKGROUND In 2008, Leichsenring and Rabung performed a meta-analysis of 8 studies of longer-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (LTPP). The work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (vol. 300, pp 1551-1565), and they concluded that LTPP was more effective than shorter-term therapies. METHOD Given that such claims have the(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients with SSc experience a range of problems affecting their quality of life, but only one small study has assessed the prevalence of major depressive disorder (MDD) in SSc. The objectives of this study were: (i) to assess the prevalence of current (30-day), 12-month and lifetime MDD in a large sample of Canadian SSc patients; and (ii) to(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SSc), or scleroderma, is a chronic multisystem autoimmune disorder characterised by thickening and fibrosis of the skin and by the involvement of internal organs such as the lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and heart. Because there is no cure, feasibly-implemented and easily accessible evidence-based interventions to improve(More)