Interactions between women with rheumatoid arthritis and nurses during outpatient consultations: a qualitative study

Helle Feddersen, Tine Mechlenborg Kristiansen, Pernille Tanggaard Andersen, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Jette Primdahl

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftsartikelForskningpeer review


Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease, and
patients with RA receive services in various settings—for example, in nurse-led
follow-up consultations. The present study aimed to investigate how the management of RA in everyday life is expressed in interactions between nurses and women with RA during nursing consultations.
Methods: The study was conducted in accordance with constructivist grounded
theory, with data based on participant observations and subsequent interviews with10 women with RA.
Results: A core category was developed, “Collaboration through mutual acknowledgement”,which documented how the women and nurses confirmed their shared understanding of the content and the structure of the consultation. Three subcategories were identified: (i) “On safe ground”, which illustrated that biomedical factors, such as blood test results and pharmacological treatment, structured the basis of the dialogue; (ii) “Venturing forward”, which documented how both parties were aware of each other's reactions when the dialogue dealt with women's perspectives of illness in their everyday lives; and (iii) “Gentle steering”, which showed that the nurses gently steered the dialogue if the women strayed from the planned content.
Conclusions: Both parties agreed that a disease perspective consistent with biomedical factors formed the basis for further dialogue. Subsequently, the women's perspectives on illness were included, and the women felt acknowledged. Therefore, the recommendation is that the consultations start by all parties agreeing on a shared
agenda to facilitate the inclusion of the women's perspectives on illness.
TidsskriftMusculoskeletal Care
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)363-371
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2019


  • Sygdom, sundhedsvidenskab og sygepleje