Development and evaluation of a scale to measure perceived self-efficacy in people with arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1989 Jan;32(1):37-44. doi: 10.1002/anr.1780320107.


There is evidence that the psychological attribute of perceived self-efficacy plays a role in mediating health outcomes for persons with chronic arthritis who take the Arthritis Self-Management Course. An instrument to measure perceived self-efficacy was developed through consultation with patients and physicians and through study of 4 groups of patients. Tests of construct and concurrent validity and of reliability showed that the instrument met appropriate standards. Health outcomes and self-efficacy scores improved during the Arthritis Self-Management Course, and the improvements were correlated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / physiopathology
  • Arthritis / psychology*
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain / psychology
  • Psychomotor Performance
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self-Assessment*