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THE ROLE OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY IN FACILITATING ADAPTATION TO ILLNESS IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A CASE SERIES

Sharpe, L; Sensky, T; Timberlake, N; Allard, S; Brewin, CR; (2001) THE ROLE OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY IN FACILITATING ADAPTATION TO ILLNESS IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A CASE SERIES. BEHAV COGN PSYCHOTH , 29 (3) 303 - 309. 10.1017/S1352465801003046.

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Abstract

A considerable literature has developed over the past two decades that has investigated the utility of cognitive behavioural treatments for a variety of medical disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Research has consistently found that psychological variables affect the course of the illness and that cognitive behavioural approaches can improve psychological and physical function. However, the literature has focused almost exclusively on chronic illness. There is little literature that has investigated the role of cognitive behavioural therapy in facilitating the adjustment early in the disease course to diagnosis and subsequent illness. The diagnosis of any potentially chronic illness has enormous ramifications for a person's life and it is well documented that many people become depressed even early in the disease course. Theoretical accounts have been put forward that allow a model for understanding the process of adaptation and offer a foundation for the use of cognitive and behavioural strategies with a recently diagnosed group of patients. The present paper reports the use of a cognitive and behavioural intervention to facilitate coping and adjustment to illness.

Type: Article
Title: THE ROLE OF COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY IN FACILITATING ADAPTATION TO ILLNESS IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A CASE SERIES
DOI: 10.1017/S1352465801003046
Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, cognitive-behaviour therapy, adjustment, psychological treatment, early intervention
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/125329
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