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Int J Rheum Dis. 2016 Feb;19(2):184-91. doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.12256. Epub 2013 Dec 14.

Impact of peer-led group education on the quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis.

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1
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Izmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.
2
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Faculty, Ordu University, Ordu, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the effect of peer-led group education on the quality of life and depression in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).

METHODS:

Eighty patients with definite AS were allocated randomly to either the education or control group. The education group (n = 40) was subjected to a peer-led group education program about disease and was given an educational booklet, while the control group (n = 40) was given the educational booklet only. Levels of quality of life and depression were measured at baseline, immediately after education (fourth week) and at 6 months in both groups.

RESULTS:

The results are based on 56 (n = 27, education group; n = 29, control group) patients. The level of quality of life and depressive symptoms were not changed except for a deterioration in the social functioning subgroup of Short From (SF)-36 in both groups. When the groups were compared, there were no significant differences between changes in social functioning scores.

CONCLUSIONS:

Peer-led education did not alter quality of life levels and depression scores. However, because of the maintainance of quality of life levels, this type of intervention may be considered as a supplementary intervention to the standard medical care for management of AS.

KEYWORDS:

ankylosing spondylitis; peer education; quality of life

PMID:
24330320
DOI:
10.1111/1756-185X.12256
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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