'Instilling the strength to fight the pain and get on with life': learning to become an arthritis self-manager through an adult education programme

Julie H. Barlow, B. Williams, C.C. Wright

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    The aim of this study was to determine whether the Arthritis Self-Management Programme (ASMP) is effective in promoting perceived control and self-management ability when delivered in an adult education setting. The study was a pre-test–post-test design based on a sample of 89 people attending an ASMP. Data were collected by self-administered questionnaires prior to the intervention and after the intervention, 4 months from baseline. The sample comprised 80% women, with a mean age of 57 years and a mean disease duration of 13 years. Most participants had either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. After 4 months, participants demonstrated significant increases in arthritis self-efficacy (P < 0.0005), cognitive symptom management (P < 0.0005), communication with doctors (P = 0.018), exercise (P = 0.003) and relaxation (P < 0.00005). In addition, significant decreases were found in terms of pain (P = 0.034) and visits to other health professionals (P = 0.004). The first evaluation of the ASMP, delivered within the context of adult education, suggests that this form of community health education programme can offer substantial benefits for participants, particularly in terms of perceived ability to control various aspects of arthritis and in greater utilization of cognitive-behavioural techniques.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)533-544
    JournalHealth Education Research
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999

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    Adult Education
    Arthritis
    pain
    Self Care
    Learning
    manager
    Education
    Pain
    management
    Aptitude
    learning
    Neurobehavioral Manifestations
    ability
    Self Efficacy
    Health Education
    Osteoarthritis
    health professionals
    health promotion
    self-efficacy
    Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    • arthritis
    • self-management

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    'Instilling the strength to fight the pain and get on with life': learning to become an arthritis self-manager through an adult education programme. / Barlow, Julie H.; Williams, B.; Wright, C.C.

    In: Health Education Research, Vol. 14, No. 4, 08.1999, p. 533-544.

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