Predictors of fatigue over 1 year among people with rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Predictors of fatigue over 1 year among people with rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Gareth J. Treharne and Antonia C. Lyons and Elizabeth D. Hale and Claire E. Goodchild and David A. Booth and George D. Kitas},
  journal={Psychology, health & medicine},
  volume={13 4},
Fatigue is a systemic feeling of exhaustion that is a common symptom of many chronic illnesses, including the autoimmune inflammatory disease rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We examined predictors of levels of fatigue among people with RA using Leventhal's Common-Sense Model (CSM), which states that cognitive representations of an illness spur (or halt) people's efforts to cope and thereby influence outcomes of the illness. Our use of the CSM was designed in the light of evidence in the literature… CONTINUE READING


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