[Longitudinal effects of structured patient education programs for vasculitis patients]

Z Rheumatol. 2008 May;67(3):206-10. doi: 10.1007/s00393-008-0290-9.
[Article in German]


According to the literature it is known that structured standardized patient education represents an effective additional treatment in patients with chronic diseases. Positive effects in the reduction of disease activity and depression have been shown for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematodes, and diabetes mellitus. An interdisciplinary approach for providing information was developed for patients with primary systemic vasculitides (PSV) in the vasculitis center in Bad Bramstedt. The contents of the seminars were revised and condensed into five modules. To evaluate the new form of the program a documentation system was designed. Patients were trained in closed groups (n=10-15) and completed the questionnaires at baseline, 4 weeks, 6 and 12 months following participation. A total of 102 patients in 10 closed groups showed a statistically significant increase in their knowledge in the three aspects of medicine, therapy and side effects, nutrition and physiotherapy. Health-related quality of life in all dimensions increased considerably. Both self-efficacy and the patient-assessed health status improved. The standardized structured education program for vasculitis patients provides an additional treatment in the interdisciplinary care of vasculitis.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rheumatic Diseases / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vasculitis / therapy*