Navigation Links
Depression Rarely Discussed With RA Patients
Date:2/11/2008

Rheumatoid arthritis poses heightened risk, but it's talked about by only 20% of patients

MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Even though people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be at increased risk for depression, the subject is rarely discussed with their doctors, says a U.S. study that included 200 RA patients at four rheumatology clinics.

The researchers, led by Betsy Sleath, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assessed the patients' mental health and recorded patient/rheumatologist medical visits.

They found that 11 percent of the patients had moderately severe to severe symptoms of depression, which was significantly more likely to occur in patients whose activities were more restricted due to their disease.

However, only 20 percent of patients with depression symptoms discussed the issue with their doctors. When this did happen, it was always brought up by the patients instead of the doctors. When depression was discussed, it was often only for a short period of time.

The study was published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

It's important for rheumatologists to address both RA and depression when they see patients, the researchers said. If a doctor isn't comfortable discussing depression with patients, they can have office staff conduct a brief depression screening before patient visits to identify depression problems at an early stage.

If depression is a concern, rheumatologists can treat it themselves, refer patients to a mental health specialist, or discuss the matter with a patient's primary-care doctor to coordinate a treatment plan, the study authors suggested. They also recommended that rheumatology training programs include education about the importance of screening for and treating depression.

"Failure to detect and treat depression may compromise patients' adherence to regimens and, ultimately, their health outcomes," the researchers concluded. "Future research should examine patient- and physician-reported barriers to communicating about depression in rheumatology practices and use these findings to design innovative interventions that can be delivered effectively in busy rheumatologist practices."

More information

The Arthritis Foundation has more about rheumatoid arthritis.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Arthritis Care & Research, news release, Feb. 1, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Dangerous duo: Hostility plus depression elevates risk for heart disease
2. Antidepressants Can Increase Depression, Impulsivity and Suicide Risk by Decreasing Dopamine
3. Depression in Young Doctors Tied to Medication Errors
4. Team treatment for depression cuts medical costs
5. Team Depression Treatment Cuts Total Senior Medical Costs
6. Older women more susceptible to depression than older men
7. Older Women More Likely to Suffer Depression
8. Chemical signature of manic depression discovered by scientists
9. Depression not discussed during rheumatoid arthritis doctor visits
10. Blue Cross of California Launches Maternity Depression Program
11. Depression and anxiety can double chances of heart ailments
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Depression Rarely  Discussed With RA Patients
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are derived from many of ... beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in the current issue of ... full issue, click here . , For the American Society of Clinical Oncology ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... North Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... release of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. ... for centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the ... several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can ... CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn ... X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has dedicated his ... implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The procedure is ... to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use to help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher ... and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive ... provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced ... Type (Organic Chemical (Sugar, Petrochemical, Glycerin), Inorganic Chemical), Functionality ... - Global Forecast to 2021" report to their ... global pharmaceutical excipients market is projected to reach USD ... in the forecast period 2016 to 2021. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... their offering. The current ... environment for MedImmune to enter. The US ageing population creates ... drive considerable growth for effective anti-influenza medications. The introduction of ... but development is still in its infancy. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: