A comparison of lay-taught and professional-taught arthritis self-management courses

J Rheumatol. 1986 Aug;13(4):763-7.


One hundred subjects with arthritis were randomized into lay-taught, or professional-taught 12-h arthritis self-management courses, or a control group. Outcomes, knowledge, exercise, relaxation, disability, pain, and number of physician visits were measured aat baseline and 4 months. Professional-taught groups demonstrated greater knowledge gain while lay-taught groups had greater changes in relaxation (p less than .01) and a tendency toward less disability. Although it is impossible to draw definitive conclusions, this study suggests that lay leaders can teach arthritis self-management courses with results similar to those achieved by professionals.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / rehabilitation*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Random Allocation
  • Rheumatology
  • Self Care*