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The use of self-management strategies by people with rheumatoid arthritis

Hammond, A 1998, 'The use of self-management strategies by people with rheumatoid arthritis' , Clinical Rehabilitation, 12 (1) , pp. 81-87.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To investigate seven common arthritis self-management methods used by people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by studying their frequency of use and the patients' belief in their benefits. Also to look at how people obtained information about such methods. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Forty-one people with RA attending a rheumatology outpatient department at a large district general hospital. RESULTS: Twenty-three recalled receiving some self-management advice from rheumatology team members, but most stated the commonest source of information was arthritis books and leaflets (n = 29). Two-thirds used technical aids and rest on a daily basis, half used exercise and heat (half doing so daily). A quarter to a half used relaxation, joint protection and working splints (half doing so daily). CONCLUSION: People with RA reported using three or four self-management methods simultaneously to help control symptoms. In the main, believing a method to be beneficial was strongly related to its use. However, exercise and joint protection, whilst widely believed to be beneficial, were less used. People reported problems with knowing how to do these correctly, having insufficient time to practise sufficiently and difficulty in establishing habits.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Rehabilitation
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0269-2155
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 14:30
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:37
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/11412

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