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Strong Marriages Enhance Functioning for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful and debilitating condition. However, a new study shows that being in a strong marriage can result in less pain and better functioning and quality of life for RA patients.

Researchers examined the relationships of more than 20 RA patients. They reported that among married subjects, better marital adjustment was associated with less psychological disability and less pain

Newswise reports:

“The findings strongly suggest that being married may have benefits for health status, provided the marriage is well adjusted or, at least, not distressed. A key implication of the study is that using marital status as an indicator of social support for RA patients might not be inadequate, and clinicians must consider the level of adjustment or distress in the relationship when determining the degree and benefit of social support from the spouse.”

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