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Sarah Ryan, MSc, BSc, RGN, PLD, is nurse consultant rheumatology, at Haywood Hospital, Stoke on Trent
Andy Hassell, MD, and Peter Dawes, MD, are consultant rheumatologists, at Haywood Hospital, Stoke on Trent;Sally Kendall, PhD, BSc, RGN, RHV, is chair of nursing, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, University of Hertfordshire.
A convenience sampling technique was used. A research assistant, who distributed the information sheet and obtained consent, approached every second patient who registered for the clinic. Of all the potential participants approached, only two declined to take part. Any potential participants who had been diagnosed with the disease for less than four months were excluded on the grounds that they would have a limited experience of the disease to reflect on. Ethical approval was obtained from the local research ethics committee.
Four main categories relating to the patients’ perceptions of control were identified from the interview data: