Problems in access to benefits and services among persons with rheumatoid arthritis.


This exploratory survey of 100 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was conducted (1) to learn about the types and frequencies of disability law-related problems encountered as a result of having RA, and (2) to assess the respective relationships between the number of disability law-related problems reported and the patients' sociodemographic and RA disease characteristics. The underlying concern of health care and legal professionals was that the often protracted exclusionary RA diagnostic process and the episodic nature of RA could make it more difficult to establish a precise clinical diagnosis and level of disability. Therefore, patients with RA would encounter difficulties in accessing entitlements and benefits provided under disability laws. The findings from this survey were used to develop a legal manual to empower health care professionals and people with arthritis to take litigative, legislative, social action, and self-help measures to redress the disability-law related problems.

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@article{Coulton1989ProblemsIA, title={Problems in access to benefits and services among persons with rheumatoid arthritis.}, author={Claudia Coulton and E Zborowsky and Joshua Lipton and Irving Kushner and Roland W Moskowitz}, journal={Arthritis care and research : the official journal of the Arthritis Health Professions Association}, year={1989}, volume={2 2}, pages={54-9} }