Juvenile Arthritis Brings Worry to Siblings

ORLANDO – Siblings of children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) had higher levels of anxiety than children from JIA-free homes, researchers reported here.

On the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale, significant increases in score were found among girl siblings and among children under 10 years of age, said Maria Cusano-Sanzo, RN, DNP-RN, from research she performed as a doctoral student at Sacred Heart University, Trumbull, Conn. She is now a rheumatology clinic coordinator at Genentech.

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