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Experiences of mobility for people living with rheumatoid arthritis who are receiving biologic drug therapy: implications for podiatry services

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, March 2017
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Experiences of mobility for people living with rheumatoid arthritis who are receiving biologic drug therapy: implications for podiatry services
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Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, March 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13047-017-0195-4
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Lucy Sanders, Margaret Donovan-Hall, Alan Borthwick, Catherine J. Bowen


Despite significant advancements in new treatment modalities for rheumatoid arthritis with biological therapies, foot complications remain a disabling and common feature of the disease. In this study the aim was to explore and describe the personal experiences of people with rheumatoid arthritis in receipt of biologic treatments in a bid to understand the impact of this form of medication on their mobility. An interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was undertaken to explore in depth the individual experience of rheumatoid disease through personal accounts of the patient journey spanning both 'before' and 'after' the instigation of biologic therapy. A purposive sampling strategy was adopted and in-depth semi structured interviews used to facilitate rich, detailed interview data exploring the lived experiences of individuals undertaking biological therapy and the changes to mobility experienced as a result. Thematic analysis was employed with an IPA framework to identify key meanings, and report patterns within the data. Five people with rheumatoid arthritis participated in the study. The mean disease duration was 20.2 years (range: 6 -32) and all were being treated with biologic therapies. Four key themes emerged from the data: 1) Life before biologic treatment, depicted in accounts as a negative experience characterised by painful and disabling symptoms and feelings of hopelessness. 2) Life with biologic treatment, often experienced as a life changing transition, restoring function and mobility and offering renewed hope. 3) Sense of self, in which the impact of rheumatoid disease and the subsequent changes arising from biologic therapy reveal a profound impact on feelings of personal identity both pre and post biologic therapy; an effect of footwear on self-image emerges as a dominant sub theme; 4) Unmet footcare needs were evident in the patient narrative, where the unrelenting if diminished impact of foot pain on mobility was viewed in the context of problematic access to foot health services. Whilst the findings from this study mirror those within the existing literature, which report improvements in physical function related to biological therapy, foot problems clearly remained an unremitting feature of life for patients with rheumatoid disease, even when in receipt of biologics.

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Unknown 23 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 43%
Student > Master 8 35%
Student > Postgraduate 1 4%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 4%
Unknown 3 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 7 30%
Psychology 4 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 9%
Other 1 4%
Unknown 4 17%

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