November 25, 2014
A support group and education program for patients recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis was shown to help participants make informed choices about their disease and had a strong, positive psychological and emotional impact on their lives, according to results of a study discussed at the American College of Rheumatology meeting.
“A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is overwhelming and extremely stressful, so emotional and educational support are very important,” study author, Ted Fields, MD, said in a press release. “Meeting others with the same illness gives participants a sense of community and has a positive psychological impact. We also know that educated patients are more likely to stay on their medications, which is important in controlling RA.”