Body image in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

  title={Body image in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.},
  author={Verena Guenther and Eva Locher and Albrecht Falkenbach and Sarah Gutweniger and Martin Kopp and Nicole Pfaffenberger and Kristina Stuerz and Erich Mur},
  journal={Clinical and experimental rheumatology},
  volume={28 3},
OBJECTIVES Physical disabilities generally cause disturbances in a patient's body image. The aim of the present study is to assess the prevalence of different aspects of body image disturbances (attractiveness /self-confidence, negative body judgement, accentuation of external appearance, worry about possible physical deficits, sexual problems and physical vitality) in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in the context of the severity of impairment, mood and pain intensity. METHODS… CONTINUE READING