Depression bei Patienten mit einer chronischen Polyarthritis

Translated title of the contribution: Depression in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

H. H. Raspe, S. Mattussek

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In five samples totalling 437 RA patients from an outpatient department of a University Clinic, we studied the prevalence and determinants of a clinically relevant depression. It reached a maximum of 31% (Beck Depression-Inventory). Early and chronic polyarthritics did not differ in respect to the prevalence.
The smaller part of the variance of the BDI scores (20-40% maximally) can be accounted for by disability and age. The greater part remains unexplained. Structural social isolation is unlikely to exert any influence. Thus we have to consider also a predisposition and/or premorbidity hypothesis in order to understand why a depression is triggered off, is intensified, or becomes chronic in the presence of RA.

Translated title of the contributionDepression in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Original languageGerman
JournalAktuelle Rheumatologie
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 03.1986


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