Wim van Lankveld

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The literature on chronic diseases recognizes the role of illness cognition as a mediator between stress and illness. Few conceptualizations and instruments, however, give an indication of both unfavorable and favorable ways of adjusting to an uncontrollable long-term stressor, such as a chronic disease. The authors propose 3 generic illness cognitions that(More)
OBJECTIVE Nonadherence in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) may result in unnecessarily high levels of disease activity and function loss. The aim of this descriptive study was to assess adherence rates with self-report measures in a large random population, and to identify potential risk factors for(More)
Measuring hand-related disability poses a problem due to a lack of validated tests. This report introduces the sequential occupational dexterity assessment (SODA), a test that measures bimanual dexterity in daily life. The design of the SODA is described. Validity and reliability of the SODA are demonstrated in a sample of patients with rheumatoid arthritis(More)
OBJECTIVE The treatment of patients with fibromyalgia (FM), a high-prevalence chronic pain condition with a high impact on both patients and society, poses a great challenge to clinicians due to a lack of effective treatments. In view of the large individual variability in outcome, selecting patients at risk of long-term dysfunction and offering tailored(More)
BACKGROUND The heterogeneity of patients regarding pain-related cognitive-behavioral mechanisms, such as pain-avoidance and pain-persistence patterns, has been proposed to underlie varying treatment outcomes in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). PURPOSE To investigate the validity of a screening instrument to discriminate between pain-persistence and(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the longitudinal association between coping and psychological distress in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Bibliographic databases up to July 2010 were searched for longitudinal studies with a follow-up of ≥6 months. Two reviewers assessed the methodological quality of the included studies. Study characteristics, coping strategies(More)
OBJECTIVE The heterogeneity of cognitive-behavioral patterns in patients with fibromyalgia (FM) has been proposed to underlie the variability in treatment outcomes. It has previously been shown that pain-avoidance and pain-persistence treatments tailored to the patient's pattern are effective in improving physical and psychological functioning and overall(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients diagnosed with systemic sclerosis (SSc) report a high need for education and support. To address these needs, a short, group-based psycho-educational programme for patients with SSc was developed and evaluated. METHODS A pre-post test design was utilised. Participants completed questionnaires on physical and psychological functioning.(More)
OBJECTIVES We have developed an instrument that provides the physician structured information about medication use and patients' (non-)adherence. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of this instrument on adherence and medication beliefs in outpatients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS In this within-subject controlled prospective cohort(More)