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16-11-2018 9:30 AM

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16-11-2018 11:30 AM

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Use of Dietary Interventions to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain in the Adult Population

An Integrative Review of Literature

Andrea Ohmer, MS

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hartman, RN

Abstract

Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting the joints, often leading to pain, permanent tissue damage, and joint deformity. Current conventional medicine can only slow the disease process, which has caused some people to seek alternative therapies, including dietary modification, in the treatment and management of RA symptoms.

Objective: The purpose of this integrative literature review was to identify if dietary interventions can be used as adjunct therapy in the management of rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms in adults.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted by searching PubMed and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Health Literature (CINAHL) Complete databases. A total of six articles were utilized.

Results: A Mediterranean diet, fasting followed by a vegetarian diet, gluten-free vegan diet, elemental diet, and probiotic supplementation were found to significantly improve rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms.

Conclusion: This literature review identified the effects of dietary interventions in the management and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms, but did not indicate that a specific diet results in more positive outcomes than another diet among RA patients.

Key words: Rheumatoid arthritis and dietary intervention

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Use of Dietary Interventions to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain in the Adult Population

Use of Dietary Interventions to Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain in the Adult Population

An Integrative Review of Literature

Andrea Ohmer, MS

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hartman, RN

Abstract

Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease affecting the joints, often leading to pain, permanent tissue damage, and joint deformity. Current conventional medicine can only slow the disease process, which has caused some people to seek alternative therapies, including dietary modification, in the treatment and management of RA symptoms.

Objective: The purpose of this integrative literature review was to identify if dietary interventions can be used as adjunct therapy in the management of rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms in adults.

Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted by searching PubMed and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Health Literature (CINAHL) Complete databases. A total of six articles were utilized.

Results: A Mediterranean diet, fasting followed by a vegetarian diet, gluten-free vegan diet, elemental diet, and probiotic supplementation were found to significantly improve rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms.

Conclusion: This literature review identified the effects of dietary interventions in the management and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis pain and symptoms, but did not indicate that a specific diet results in more positive outcomes than another diet among RA patients.

Key words: Rheumatoid arthritis and dietary intervention