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This study explores the potential of the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ) score as a clinical indicator that can be used to suggest comprehensive multidisciplinary assessments, by relating it to more general aspects of disability. In a cohort of 132 patients with early RA (mean age 55, 68% women), 28 joint count Disease Activity Scores (DAS-28), HAQ,(More)
The complex nature of recent wars and armed conflicts has forced many war-injured persons into exile. To investigate their long-term mental health, three instruments for assessing mental health (HSCL-25, PTSS-10, and a Well-Being scale) were presented to 44 war-wounded refugees from nine different countries 8 years after arrival in Sweden. The prevalence of(More)
OBJECTIVES Artemisinin concentrations in venous plasma, capillary plasma and saliva were compared. METHODS Eighteen Vietnamese adults with uncomplicated falciparum malaria were treated with artemisinin. Saliva, capillary and venous plasma were sampled and analysed for artemisinin using high-performance liquid chromatography with an ultraviolet detector(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe problematic aspects of faecal incontinence according to the experience of adults with spina bifida. DESIGN Qualitative interview study. SUBJECTS Eleven adults with spina bifida and bowel problems. METHOD Semi-structured open-ended interviews and qualitative analysis. RESULTS Problematic aspects were related to participation in(More)
PURPOSE To explore what work-related dilemmas are experienced by patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to their own descriptions, and to interpret this in terms of participation categories of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). METHOD In 48 patients with early RA, qualitative interviews were(More)
OBJECTIVE To study whether there are differences between women and men with regard to the reported level of fatigue, to explore the strength of the relations between fatigue and disease activity, pain, sleep disturbance, mental health, and activity limitation in early rheumatoid arthritis, and to explore the consistency of such findings. DESIGN Analyses(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of wheelchair intervention from a client-centred perspective. METHOD Results from 38 consecutive active wheelchair users visiting the wheelchair-seating department at the University Hospital in Linköping, Sweden, were analysed and described. All clients had defined problems related to wheelchair(More)
Eight patients with a traumatic unilateral upper limb amputation, who used conventional myoelectric prostheses, were also fitted with a commercially available myoelectric prosthetic hand with an adaptive grip, in order to compare the functional benefit of the two types of prostheses. Comparisons were made regarding width of grip, force of grip, scores in a(More)
Psychological distress is a well-known complication in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but knowledge regarding emotions and their relationship to participation restrictions is scarce. The objective of the study was to explore emotions related to participation restrictions by patients with early RA. In this study, 48 patients with early RA, aged 20-63 years, were(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore internal consistency and correlations between perceived ability, performance and perceived importance in a preliminary selection of self-reported items representing the activity/participation component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). DESIGN Structured interview study. SUBJECTS(More)