Beliefs about the causes of osteoarthritis among primary care patients
Article first published online: 28 FEB 2007
Copyright © 2007 by the American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 267–271, 15 March 2007
How to Cite
Turner, A. P., Barlow, J. H., Buszewicz, M., Atkinson, A. and Rait, G. (2007), Beliefs about the causes of osteoarthritis among primary care patients. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 57: 267–271. doi: 10.1002/art.22537
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 28 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Received: 8 SEP 2005
- Medical Research Council. Grant Number: MRC reference G9900306/ISCRTN 74878628
- Chronic disease;
- Patients' beliefs;
Beliefs about the causes of osteoarthritis (OA) have been examined infrequently. The purpose of this study was to provide insight into patients' beliefs about the causes of OA in a primary care population.
This study involved 31 individuals with OA who were purposively sampled to reflect age, sex, and self-efficacy scores from the intervention arm of a randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of an arthritis self-management program in primary care. Participants took part in face-to-face interviews. Data were analyzed using interpretative phenomenologic analysis.
A total of 31 patients with OA (17 [55%] men) with a median age of 68 years (range 56–84 years) were recruited. OA and painful joints were considered to be an inevitable aspect of aging rather than an indication of disease. Participants attributed the cause of OA to multiple factors, the most commonly reported being wear and tear.
Insight into beliefs about the causes of OA among older people may help explain attitudes towards the uptake of health care among this group of patients.