FP4: EURIDISS – European Research on Incapacitating Diseases and Social Support

Project title FP4: EURIDISS - European Research on Incapacitating Diseases and Social Support
Project web-site http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/38576_en.html
Project co-ordinator Prof. Dr. W.J.A. van den Heuvel

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Northern Centre for Health Care Research

Ant. Deusinglaan 1

9700 AV, Groningen, The Netherlands

National team

Assoc. Prof. Maria Kovarova, Assoc. Prof. Angela SzilasiovaDr.  Iveta Rajnicova-Nagyova

Time period June 1996 - May 1999
Financial support EC, FP4: BMH4961580
Description The study elucidated social, psychological and medical factors contributing to the course of the disease and to the quality of life of people with a chronic illness. After the development of a protocol and a base-line measure in the participating countries the changes in disease course and its effect on quality of life were longitudinally studied. Instruments have been developed in several countries which require international exchange for standardisation. The proposal waslimited to rheumatoid arthritis, because of the high prevalence and impact on the patients life. The theoretical starting point of the 'EURIDISS project' was an adaptation of the so-called 'disease handicap' model. Implied in this model is the conception that personal and social resources affect or intervene in the relationship between disease and behavioural changes and functional status.Project objectives: - to investigate the functions of social support and social networks for coping with a chronic disease (rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients). Special attention will be given to the influence of medical treatment in this process and how other intervening variables influence the daily functioning and the quality of life of the persons involved; - to analyse the interactions between formal and informal care for the chronically ill. The outcomes of these interactions could lead to suggestions for improving the care system; - to describe and compare the patterns of care that exist for RA patients in Europe and how these pattern may influence 'health outcomes' (survival, functional status, quality of life)
 Main outcomes Nagyova I. Self-Rated Health and Quality of Life in Slovak Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients