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Università della Svizzera italiana

Social support and acceptance among rheumatoid arthritis patients : “learning how to live with chronic pain”

Kostova, Zlatina ; Schulz, Peter J. (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2014 ; 2014COM008.

Chronic pain sufferers with diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) are a category of patients that feels stigmatized, lacking understanding and support from the surrounding social environment (Davison et al., 2000). The invisible and unpredictable character of RA makes it very difficult to be recognized and understood by family, friends, colleagues, and so on, and patients often complain...