Rheumatism Study (Panel 1985-1987)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Grunow, Dieter (Politische Wissenschaft, Universität Duisburg)
Publication Date
  • Politische Wissenschaft, Universitaet Duisburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Health policy
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Specific social services: use and provision
  • Abstract

    Information on condition and treatment of rheumatism patients. Topics: in the three-wave panel survey similar survey questionnaires were used: information on manner and extent of doctor consultations; means of transport used on visit to the doctor, trip to pharmacy and physiotherapy; information on stationary hospital stays as well as about operations and successive treatments; personal share in treatment costs; sick days; number of house visits by doctor; type and number of therapies received in the last year; judgement on the success of the therapies; participation in courses on coping with pain; model services taken advantage of; personal exercise practice; physical measures and practice of sport and gymnastics; diet due to rheumatism; information on course, methods and side effects of base therapy; cortison medications administered; other medication and self-treatment; measures to cope with pain; orthopedic and ergotheraputic aids used; use of splints; structural changes in household and at work as well as personal share of costs; resorting to alternative medicine treatment; applications for aid and services received from public agencies or social insurance; regular help from churches, community or government offices; help from social surroundings; type of health insurance company; identification as seriously handicapped; degree of disability; pension payment due to rheumatic disease; move in the last year; residential status; number of rooms and floor of residence; entrance suitable for the handicapped; size of circle of friends; extent of social contacts; membership in the Rheumatism League; other memberships; occupational changes in the last year and expected development of occupational future. Form to be filled out: classification of degree of disability by means of information on activities one can take care of independently or can no longer be conducted (scale); self-classification of current pain burden on a scale; characterization of type and effects of pain; psychological self-characterization (Affect Balance Scale of Badura, Beck Depression Inventory STAT - x2). In the first wave the following additional questions were posed: time of start of rheumatism complaints; immediate visit to the doctor after start of complaints; treatment in rheumatism out-patient care and utilization of offerings of the Rheumatism League. Also encoded was: length of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985 / 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Sample of rheumatism patients receiving care close to place of residence. Included in the survey were respondents from five different model groups, that had been evaluated for the treatment of rheumatism patients in a model plan and were receiving support.
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1143
The data set contains the data from a three-wave panel survey. Except for the above-mentioned slight variations in all three waves the same question formulations were used, even if individual response possibilities, and in part the question formulation, slightly differed fron each other.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2430 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Heydrich-Riedl, Erika; Grunow, Dieter (Red.): Wohnortnahe Versorgung Rheumakranker: Ergebnisse eines Verbundprojekts und weitere Umsetzung. Bonn: Wissenschaftsverlag NW, Verlag für neue Wissenschaft, 1992. (Materialien zur Gesundheitsforschung; Schriftenreihe zum Programm der Bundesregierung Forschung und Entwicklung im Dienste der Gesundheit, Band 22)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22