Authors: Kramer BJ, Harker JO, Wong, AL
Publication Year: 2002
Last Updated: 2016-01-08 14:55:50
Journal: Arthritis & Rheumatism (Arthritis Care & Research)
Keywords: Native Americans; joint pain; self-care; education; health beliefs; coping, AI/AN, american indian, alaska native, arthritis, self-care, self care, rheumatoid
OBJECTIVE: To describe beliefs and self-care strategies of American Indians with chronic arthritis join pain.
OBJECTIVE: To describe beliefs and self-care strategies of American Indians with chronic arthritis joint pain. METHOD: In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of urban-dwelling American Indians (n = 56) concerning self-care and beliefs about arthritis; objective measures of arthritis disease activity were obtained through standardized interview protocols. RESULTS: Joint pain was not generally assumed to be arthritis nor directly related to aging. Belief that chronic pain affecting multiple joints was a serious and unexpected condition oriented American Indians' decisions to seek medical attention. However, verbal communications about pain may be subtle or under emphasized. Few coping strategies were used to control either chronic or episodic pain. CONCLUSIONS: Chronic arthritis pain may not be optimally managed in this population. Cultural assessment should recognize that American Indian patients may understate serious symptoms. Community educational interventions should target this population to enhance self-care, pain management, and communication of arthritis symptoms to physicians. PMID: 12522831 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Funding: The Arthritis Foundation, Southern California Chapter, and by the resources and facilities at the Veterans Affairs, Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing