Pain disability among older adults with arthritis

Nadine T. James, Carl W. Miller, Kathleen C. Brown, Michael Weaver

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Abstract

Objective: The principal objective was to examine pain disability (the degree to which chronic pain interferes with daily activities) among older adults with arthritis. Specifically, answers to two research questions were sought: (a) Does psychological distress reliably predict pain disability; and (b) do certain theoretically important host, sociodemographic, and health-related factors reliably predict pain disability? Method: Descriptive, univariate, and multivariate regression analyses were employed to assess key psychosocial, disease, and host factors among the sample (N= 141) of adults with arthritis, aged ≥ 50 years old. Results: The resultant regression model accounted for 63.7% (60.0% adjusted) of the variance and was significant at p <.01. Psychological distress, overall health, disease activity, and disease self-efficacy were found to predict pain disability. Discussion: Sample members with greater pain disability experienced heightened psychological distress, poorer perceptions of their overall health, more surgeries, higher unemployment, more intense disease activity, longer disease duration, and lower disease self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-69
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Arthritis
pain
disability
Disease
Pain
Self Efficacy
Psychology
self-efficacy
Health
health
regression
Unemployment
Chronic Pain
surgery
unemployment
Multivariate Analysis
Regression Analysis
Research

Keywords

  • Arthritis
  • Disease activity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain disability
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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James, N. T., Miller, C. W., Brown, K. C., & Weaver, M. (2005). Pain disability among older adults with arthritis. Journal of Aging and Health, 17(1), 56-69. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264304272783

Pain disability among older adults with arthritis. / James, Nadine T.; Miller, Carl W.; Brown, Kathleen C.; Weaver, Michael.

In: Journal of Aging and Health, Vol. 17, No. 1, 02.2005, p. 56-69.

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James, NT, Miller, CW, Brown, KC & Weaver, M 2005, 'Pain disability among older adults with arthritis', Journal of Aging and Health, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 56-69. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264304272783
James, Nadine T. ; Miller, Carl W. ; Brown, Kathleen C. ; Weaver, Michael. / Pain disability among older adults with arthritis. In: Journal of Aging and Health. 2005 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 56-69.
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