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Patient Education Programs and Osteoarthritis Treatment Practice
A literature review on the use and efficacy of patient education programs for osteoarthritis patients.
# 153180 | 966 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 05, 2013 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies)

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This paper reviews studies on patient education programs in terms of their level of efficacy and the degree of prevalence with which these programs are utilized by medical practitioners and/or received and understood by patients. Furthermore, the paper looks at the level of physician awareness regarding patient education programs for osteoarthritis, physician attitude towards such programs and beliefs about osteoarthritis, and the demonstrable efficacy of these programs in empirical studies. The paper also explores the economic impacts of osteoarthritis on patients as well as physicians and in the overall economy through a loss of productivity.

Current Literature

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"One recent study that focused specifically on education programs for knee osteoarthritis found that while almost all educational programs were successful if properly explained and adhered to, many were too complex and actually more costly than standard care (Hurley & Walsh 2009). The broad nature of this review of previous studies renders its results highly valid and generalizable, and also points out key trends in education program development (Hurley & Walsh 2009). Though more cost-effective programs now exist, resistance to them as burdensome and disadvantageous remain to be overcome (Hurley & Walsh 2009).
"A much smaller clinical trial conducted at a single Veterans Affairs Medical Center with a mostly male patient population found that even basic education with support and intervention provided by monthly phone calls had a moderate and statistically significant impact on the pain levels reported by patients associated with their osteoarthritis (Allen et al 2010). The limits of the study's population both in total size and in mix render it less valid and not easily generalized to broader populations, but this research is supported by other findings cited in the article and found by this author's review that suggest this study's conclusions are not atypical (Allen et al 2010). This also provides evidence that educational interventions need not be costly, complex, or in any way burdensome; as long as adequate time is given in initial explanations and appropriate support contact is maintained, patient perseverance is all that is necessary to begin deriving benefits (Allen et al 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen, K., Oddone, E., Coffman, C., Datta, S.... & Bosworth, H. (2010). Telephone-Based Self-management of Osteoarthritis. Annals of Internal Medicine 153(9): 570-9.
  • Coleman, S., Briffa, K., Conroy, H., Prince, R., Carroll, G. & McQuade, J. (2008). Short and medium-term effects of an education self-management program for individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee, designed and delivered by health professionals: A quality assurance study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 9: 117-26.
  • Coleman, S., McQaude, J., Rose, J., Inderjeeth, C., Carroll, G. & Briffa, K. (2010). Self-management for osteoarthritis of the knee: Does mode of delivery influence outcome? BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 11:56-61.
  • Hurley, M. & Walsh, N. (2009). Effectiveness and clinical applicability of integrated rehabilitation programs for knee osteoarthritis. Current Opinion in Rheumatology 21(2): 171-6.
  • Matthias, M., Bair, M., Nyland, K., Huffmna, M., Stubbs, D. ...& Kroenke, K. (2010). Self-management Support and Communication from Nurse Care Managers Compared with Primary Care Physicians: A Focus Group Study of Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Pain Management Nursing 11(1): 26-34.

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