Outcomes of Self-Help Education for Patients With Arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1985 Jun;28(6):680-5. doi: 10.1002/art.1780280612.

Abstract

Behavioral and health status outcomes of an unreinforced, self-help education program for arthritis patients taught by lay persons were examined in 2 ways: a 4-month randomized experiment and a 20-month longitudinal study. At 4 months, experimental subjects significantly exceeded control subjects in knowledge, recommended behaviors, and in lessened pain. These changes remained significant at 20 months. The course was inexpensive and well-accepted by patients, physicians, and other health professionals.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / psychology*
  • Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Random Allocation
  • Self-Help Groups*