Support is available from doctors, along with some hospital-based therapy, but sometimes sufferers need to help themselves. And that’s where a self-care learning program can come in.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 30, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a clinical trial out of Spenshult Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Sweden that evaluates the effects of a self-care program for people with rheumatic diseases in terms of health-related quality of life, empowerment, and self-care ability.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin notes (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/this-special-program-benefits-arthritis-sufferers), arthritis is a complex disease, and there’s no one treatment that can shut down its painful symptoms. Support is available from doctors, along with some hospital-based therapy, but sometimes sufferers need to help themselves. And that’s where a self-care learning program can come in.
As the article outlines, the researchers noted that people with rheumatoid arthritis express a great need for education and support in adapting to the disease, but there’s no evidence of the long-term benefits of this sort of patient education.
The researchers conducted a clinical trial where the participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental group or a control group. The self-care program was run alongside the standard care the participants received at a rheumatology hospital unit.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “This Special Program Benefits Arthritis Sufferers,” reports that the researchers found that the participants in the experimental group had statistically significantly stronger empowerment after participation in the self-care program, which promoted problem-based learning, compared with the control group at the six-month post intervention. About two-thirds of the participants in the experimental group stated that they had implemented lifestyle changes due to the program.
The research team concluded that the self-care program enabled people with arthritis to improve their empowerment.
(SOURCE: Arvidsson, S., et al., “Effects of a self-care promoting problem-based learning programme in people with rheumatic diseases: a randomized controlled study,” J. Adv. Nurs., Sept. 14, 2012.)
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