The psychosocial impact of systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.


Seventy-six ambulatory patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and a comparison group of 23 ambulatory patients with rheumatoid arthritis were given a structured interview and standard psychological tests, including the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, to determine the psychosocial impact of the illness. Both groups had significantly elevated scores on 3 Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory scales: Hypochondriasis, Depression, and Hysteria. Psychological difficulties are an integral part of systemic lupus erythematosus and are as common as most other manifestations. The implications for clinical practice are discussed.

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@article{Liang1984ThePI, title={The psychosocial impact of systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.}, author={Matthew H. Liang and Michael L. Rogers and Martin G. Larson and Holley M Eaton and Benjamin J. Murawski and Jo E. Taylor and Jennan Swafford and Peter H. Schur}, journal={Arthritis and rheumatism}, year={1984}, volume={27 1}, pages={13-9} }