Susann Arvidsson

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BACKGROUND Rheumatic diseases have a significant adverse impact on the individual from physical, mental and social aspects, resulting in a low health-related quality of life (HRQL). There is a lack of longitudinal studies on HRQL in people with rheumatic diseases that focus on factors promoting HRQL instead of risk factors. The aim of this study was to(More)
INTRODUCTION Empowerment is a central concept in both rheumatology and diabetes care. A Swedish empowerment instrument for patients with rheumatic diseases has not been created before now. The aim of the present study was to determine the psychometric properties of the Swedish Rheumatic Disease Empowerment Scale, SWE-RES-23, such as construct validity,(More)
The aim of this study was to describe a nurse-led rheumatology clinic's impact on empowering patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease that attacks many joints, causing considerable functional restrictions for patients. Consequently, these patients are dependent on a wide variety of health-care(More)
AIM To evaluate the effects of a self-care promoting problem-based learning programme for people with rheumatic diseases in terms of health-related quality of life, empowerment, and self-care ability. BACKGROUND Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis express a great need for education and support in adapting to the disease, but the average qualities of(More)
An epidemiological study of dental health, dental health care, and sociodemographic data in 817 4-, 8-, and 13-year-old children was carried out in 1980/81 in two areas in the county of Västerbotten, northern Sweden, and in one area in the northern part of the county of Alvsborg, in southwestern Sweden. Dietary habits and nutrient intake were studied in 738(More)
The aim of the study was to compare dietary habits in children at the age of 12 months with the caries status at the age of 3. In 312 children, residing in 3 different parts of Sweden, a dietary study was carried out at 12 mo. of age, and in 275 (88%) a caries examination was performed at the age of 3. At 12 months of age, higher education of the mother was(More)
Discomfort or frank pain at venipuncture may be a reason for abstaining from giving blood. In an attempt to offer a painless alternative, a method for iontophoretic application of local anaesthetics was developed. Its effectiveness in producing anaesthesia for venipuncture was tested in a double-blind trial in 47 blood donors. A positive result was obtained(More)
BACKGROUND Many factors are proposed to be associated with health-related quality of life. Knowledge of health factors associated to development of a good health-related quality of life could be of use in clinical practice and public health work. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations between suggested health factors and health-related(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study that explores and describes the meaning of the phenomenon of health-promoting self-care as experienced by people living with rheumatic diseases. BACKGROUND People with rheumatic diseases estimate health status as low and health belief and health status influence self-care behaviours. Several self-care behaviours are(More)