Families and Chronic Illness Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints and can result in long-term damage to joints with chronic pain, loss of function, and disability (Barker & Puckett, 2010). The physical and psychosocial aspects of this disease interact and perceptions of the illness play a major role in how the illness is experienced. The emphasis should always be on family strengths (Wright, 2005), and even though denial of illness is observed, it will be seen that this is a coping strategy. This family reflects how rheumatoid arthritis is confronted by the typical family and Ruth’s behaviors and reactions are identified as common in research studies. There are...The end:
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