The effect of chronic arthritis and hypertension on general well-being

Fiona Charlotte Chalom, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The purpose of the investigation is to elucidate the effect of chronic symptomatic and asymptomatic disease, i.e. arthritis and hypertension, on general well-being, and to quantify the contribution that the duration of the disorder makes to this effect. The data is drawn from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I). The results show that arthritics do not have a significant effect on GWB scores while hypertension has a significantly negative impact on GWB. The most striking difference is seen between those without knowledge of hypertension and those recently diagnosed. This difference is attributed to the labeling effect on changes in perceived wellness.

Subject Area

Mental health

Recommended Citation

Chalom, Fiona Charlotte, "The effect of chronic arthritis and hypertension on general well-being" (1987). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8809925.