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The use of self-management strategies by people with rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  9549029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
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.
A Hammond
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0269-2155     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  1998 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-05-29     Completed Date:  1998-05-29     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  81-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bone, Joint and Movement Research Group, University of Derby, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology,  therapy*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise Therapy
Hot Temperature / therapeutic use
Middle Aged
Self Care*

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