Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 215–220 | Cite as

The relation between stress and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Bradley T. Thomason
  • Phillip J. Brantley
  • Glenn N. Jones
  • Herbert R. Dyer
  • Jed L. Morris
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Abstract

This study investigated the relation between stress and current disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). During a routine clinic appointment, subjects were given ratings of global disease status by their physicians and completed self-report measures of major stress and minor stress. In addition, each subject's erythrocyte sedimentation rate was taken. After controlling for disease severity and major stress, minor stress accounted for a significant amount of the variance in inflammation level. These results suggest that minor stress is associated with current disease activity in RA.

Key words

stress rheumatoid arthritis inflammation 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bradley T. Thomason
    • 1
  • Phillip J. Brantley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Glenn N. Jones
    • 2
  • Herbert R. Dyer
    • 2
  • Jed L. Morris
    • 2
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge
  2. 2.Earl K. Long Memorial HospitalLSU Medical CenterBaton Rouge

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