Anyfanti et al identified factors associated with an impaired quality of life for a patient with a rheumatic disease. These can help to identify a patient who may benefit from interventions to improve their life. The authors are from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.


Patient selection: rheumatic disease


Outcome: impaired quality of life


Predictors for an impaired quality of life from a multiple regression model:

(1) anxiety (and psychological distress)

(2) pain

(3) physical disability

(4) duration of the rheumatic disease



• For the implementation the duration of the disease was arbitrarily set at 10 years. An alternative could be 8 years.


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