Ilona Lískovcová, Vladimír Vurm
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Department of Public and Social Health, České Budějovice, Czech Republic

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ISSN 1804-7181 (On-line)

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Submitted:24. 11. 2009
Accepted: 2. 3. 2010
Published online: 11. 6. 2010


The authors are pointing out the fact that an active attitude to life positively affects the subjective perception of a disease and the quality of life. Questionnaires, interviews with selected respondents and observations were used in the research. This was a quantitative research. It was based on a group of selected patients with rheumatoid arthritis, who visited rheumatological outpatient departments over a period of 4 months (October to January). A total of 134 respondents, 102 women and 32 men, participated in the study. In the group including 134 respondents, it was possible to demonstrate the established hypothesis that patients participating in different activities perceive their condition more positively than those with a passive attitude to life. The patients with rheumatoid arthritis who are employed evaluate their condition more positively than those who are not employed and similar effects were also manifested in patients who are members of interest organisations (clubs) or the League of Rheumatic Patients.

Keywords: rheumatoid arthritis; active attitude; subjective perception of the disease; League of Rheumatic Patients


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