Background: Information and exercise are core treatments of osteoarthritis. Self-management and coping strategies with the disease are crucial to gain benefits. We developed a supported osteoarthritis self-management programme, delivered by trained physiotherapists, to facilitate patient and healthcare compliance. The programme combined peer- and healthcare professional-delivered information, and individually adapted exercise.
Methods: Physiotherapists were trained to deliver and evaluate the programme. Patient-reported compliance and satisfaction with the programme was assessed at three- and 12-month follow-ups.
Results: Data from 20,200 consecutive patients in 320 different care centres in Sweden showed that 97% attended the theory sessions and 83% volunteered for the optional individual exercise programme. The intervention was rated as good or very good by 94% of patients. After three months, 62% reported daily use of what they had learned during the course, and 91% reported weekly use. Corresponding numbers after 12 months were 37% and 72%.
Conclusions: The supported osteoarthritis self-management programme is feasible in clinical practice, and seems useful and acceptable to patients.
Keywords: Osteoarthritis; exercise; implementation; patient education.
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