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Arthritis Rheum. 1989 Dec;32(12):1577-83.

Can the provision of information to patients with osteoarthritis improve functional status? A randomized, controlled trial.

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Health Services Research and Development Field Program, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, NC 27705.

Abstract

After we assessed the functional status of 439 patients with osteoarthritis, we randomly assigned them to 1 of 3 intervention groups or to a control group. The interventions consisted of providing information, and differed only in the method of delivery: by phone, in person at the clinic, or both. Physical health improved (P = 0.02), pain was reduced (P = 0.02), and psychological health improved marginally (P = 0.10) in patients contacted by phone compared with those not contacted by phone. In those contacted only at the clinic, physical health worsened (P = 0.02), but neither pain (P = 0.80) nor psychological health (P = 0.90) differed from the values in patients not contacted at the clinic. We conclude that telephone contact is a useful intervention that can enhance the functional status of patients with osteoarthritis.

PMID:
2688659
DOI:
10.1002/anr.1780321212
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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