How important is patient education?

Baillieres Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2000 Dec;14(4):689-703. doi: 10.1053/berh.2000.0107.


The prevalence and disability rate of rheumatic diseases are increasing. It seems that non-medical causes play an important role in the morbidity, disability and mortality of these patients. Efforts to reduce their impact are extremely important. Patient education is thought to be one way to limit disability in rheumatic diseases and to achieve an improvement in quality of life. In this chapter, we review the influence of non-medical causes of morbidity on disease outcome, some basic aspects of education and the evidence of the effectiveness of patient education in diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia syndrome.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disability Evaluation
  • Humans
  • Morbidity
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / mortality
  • Rheumatic Diseases / psychology*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Rheumatology / methods