RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, PREGNANCY & PARENTING


Explore and document coping strategies and support mechanisms employed by mothers with rheumatoid arthritis

Chief Investigator: Shannyn Meloncelli and Gail Crimmins
Institution: University of the Sunshine Coast and MOVE
Year: 2015

This project gathered the personal stories of mothers living with RA, specifically about their coping strategies relating to parenting, working, studying and maintaining friendships and relationships alongside managing their RA.

Watch the video on the right, and read the full report and summary.

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Identifying effective interventions for improving knowledge and skills in women regarding contraception, conception, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding and developing cross-discipline consensus on important messages for Australian women with RA concerning contraception, pregnancy and breastfeeding

Chief Investigators: Dr Ilana Ackerman, Associate Professor Andrew Briggs, Associate Professor Sharon van Doornum
Institution: MOVE, University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital and Curtin University
Year: 2015

Women with RA face many challenges and decisions when negotiating the journey to parenthood. This is mainly due to the symptoms associated with RA and the potential side-effects of medications used to manage it.

This research project was built on work undertaken in 2013-2014 and:

  • evaluated the published literature concerning self-management interventions that aimed to improve knowledge and skills in women regarding contraception, conception, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding
  • conducted a Delphi study to develop important messages for women with RA concerning contraception, pregnancy and breastfeeding, as identified by expert rheumatologists, obstetricians and pharmacists.

Read the full report and articles below.



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