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Revista de Neuro-Psiquiatría

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FUDINO-VILLAR, Yumiko S. et al. Frequency of anxious symptomatology and related factors in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis in a general hospital in Lima.. Rev Neuropsiquiatr [online]. 2015, vol.78, n.2, pp.80-85. ISSN 0034-8597.

Objectives: To study the frequency of anxiety symptomatology and related factors in female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a general hospital in Lima. Methods: Female patients with RA were included. We administered a questionnaire to evaluate socio-demographic data, the visual analogue scale (VAS) to measure pain intensity, the Modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (M-HAQ) to study functional disability and an anxietyscale (EA-72) constructed and validated in Peru to determine the presence or absence of clinically significant anxiety. Results: 68 subjects with clinically significant anxiety (46.57%) were found among 146 RA patients. Multivariate analysis showed that functional disability with a score of M-HAQ > 2 (OR = 6.89) and pain > 5 cm according to VAS (OR = 3.27) were factors related to anxiety in patients with RA while the high educational level (OR=0.25) was a protective factor. Conclusions: This study shows that a high percentage of RA patients had clinically significant anxiety and that it was related tofunctional disability, pain and a lower educational level.

Keywords : Arthritis; rheumatoid; anxiety; limitation of activity; pain; educational status.

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