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Arthritis Rheum. 1993 Apr;36(4):439-46.

Evidence suggesting that health education for self-management in patients with chronic arthritis has sustained health benefits while reducing health care costs.

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Department of Medicine, Stanford University, California.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effects of the Arthritis Self-Management Program 4 years after participation in it.

METHODS:

Valid self-administered instruments were used to measure health status, psychological states, and health service utilization.

RESULTS:

Pain had declined a mean of 20% and visits to physicians 40%, while physical disability had increased 9%. Comparison groups did not show similar changes. Estimated 4-year savings were $648 per rheumatoid arthritis patient and $189 per osteoarthritis patient.

CONCLUSION:

Health education in chronic arthritis may add significant and sustained benefits to conventional therapy while reducing costs.

PMID:
8457219
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780360403
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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