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Table 3 By-factor ranking of statements given in the Daily Life Q-study

From: A Q-methodology study of flare help-seeking behaviours and different experiences of daily life in rheumatoid arthritis

  Factor scores
Living with RA day by day means… Factor A+ Factor B+ Factor B- Factor C-
D1: I sometimes have to cancel plans due to my RA 0 0 0 1
D2: Being more spontaneous with life -1 +3 -3 +1
D3: Struggling to do certain things +1 -2 +2 0
D4: Choosing my clothes according to how easy they will be to put on and take off +1 +2 -2 -4
D5: I am unable to predict how bad my symptoms will be each day -1 -3 +3 +1
D6: Taking longer to get things done than I think it should +2 -2 +2 -2
D7: Finding different ways of doing the things I want to +4 0 0 +2
D8: Giving myself permission to leave a task half finished +1 0 0 -1
D9: Using tools or devices to aid me in daily tasks +3 +1 -1 -5
D10: Finding a balance between asking for help and remaining independent +2 -1 +1 0
D11: Doing what I want to do regardless of the consequences -3 +2 -2 -1
D12: Choosing to prioritise pleasurable activities against chores 0 +2 -2 -2
D13: Not letting my RA get me down +3 +3 -3 +4
D14: Relying on support from my family/friends/others 0 0 0 -3
D15: Talking to other people with RA who are similar to me helps -1 +1 -1 -1
D16: Using alternative medicines/therapies to manage my RA symptoms -4 +3 -3 0
D17: Distracting myself from my symptoms +2 +1 -1 0
D18: Trying not to eat certain foods -4 +4 -4 -3
D19: I am cautious of gaining weight and putting extra stress on my joints -1 0 0 +3
D20: Exercising as much as I can +1 +5 -5 +2
D21: Making small adjustments to my day or activities constantly because of my RA +5 -1 +1 0
D22: Taking my medication exactly as prescribed +3 +1 -1 +2
D23: Planning rest time into my week +2 +1 -1 -3
D24: Feeling lucky in comparison to other people -1 +2 -2 +5
D25: I have periods of being completely symptom free -3 +4 -4 -2
D26: Dealing with the severity of my symptoms going up and down +1 0 0 +1
D27: Getting frustrated due to my RA -2 -3 +3 +2
D28: Feeling guilty about holding others back due to my RA -2 -1 +1 -4
D29: Feeling that my body has let me down -2 -1 +1 0
D30: Trying to forget that I have RA 0 +1 -1 +3
D31: Worrying because of my RA -2 -3 +3 0
D32: Repetitive tasks make my RA symptoms worse 0 -2 +2 -1
D33: Being determined not to allow my RA to interfere with my responsibilities +4 0 0 +4
D34: Being angry because of my RA -5 -5 +5 -2
D35: Experiencing unexplainable fatigue/exhaustion daily +1 -4 +4 +3
D36: Experiencing pain daily 0 -4 +4 +1
D37: Experiencing swelling daily -1 -1 +1 -1
D38: Experiencing stiffness daily 0 -2 +2 +1
D39: Struggling to explain to family and friends what life is like for me -3 -1 +1 -1
  1. Statements highlighted in bold text show that consensus on the average score was reached across the factors Reading the table by column shows the comparative ranking of statements that characterise a particular factor. Reading the table by row shows the comparative ranking of a particular statement across factors.