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Joint protection behavior in patients with rheumatoid arthritis following an education program a pilot study

Hammond, A 1994, 'Joint protection behavior in patients with rheumatoid arthritis following an education program a pilot study' , Arthritis Care & Research, 7 (1) , p. 5.

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Abstract

Purpose. Joint protection (JP) education is a common feature in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment programs. However, no objective studies have been published demonstrating patients' behavior changes following such education. This study evaluated whether RA patients' hand movement patterns altered following a JP education program. Methods. An assessment procedure was constructed to assess application of four JP principles related to altering patterns of hand use during common everyday activities (making a hot drink and snack meal). Results. Eleven RA patients were assessed. There was no significant behavioral change at 6 weeks post-JP education (t = 10; P > 0.1). In contrast, follow-up interviews of self-perceived JP behavior showed all subjects considered JP relevant for them and seven believed they had changed to using these techniques. Conclusions. This suggests education led to attitudi-nal change but that behavioral change requires longer and more targeted input than is currently normally provided.

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: Arthritis Care & Research
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00043591
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 14:48
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:37
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/11415

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