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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2008 Jun;22(3):395-405. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2008.02.006.

Patient education and self-management of musculoskeletal diseases.

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Arthritis Consumer Experts, 4038 West 38th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6N 2Y9, Canada.


The research literature reports that patient (consumer) education and self-management programs and practices help people with chronic disease live better lives by improving health outcomes and psycho-emotional and psychosocial measures. However, arthritis charities that offer self-management programs in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada anecdotally report significant drops in enrollment, and emerging data suggest that these types of programs are not a panacea for people attending them. This chapter will provide the reader with the following: an introduction to patient education and self-management; a discussion on participation rates in patient education and arthritis self-management programs; an overview of the 'state-of-the-art' in patient education and self-management programs; new ideas on patient education delivery models; tips on improving physician-patient communication; and suggested areas of research required to advance the area of patient education and self-management.

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