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Patient education and self-management programs in arthritis

journal contribution
posted on 2004-03-01, 00:00 authored by Richard Osborne, J Spinks, I Wicks
♦ Arthritis self-management programs (ASMPs) are integrated into many clinical practice guidelines and policies, and are the core business of Arthritis Foundations.

♦ Australian Arthritis Foundations are embarking on a National Quality Assurance Program which should raise awareness and improve confidence in such programs.

♦ ASMPs aim to empower people, improve quality of life while living with chronic disease, increase healthy activities and improve self-monitoring — each of which can assist with clinical management, but can be difficult to evaluate.

♦ Although there is modest high-quality evidence of traditional “clinical outcomes” from ASMPs, these programs are strongly endorsed by consumers, are being used as a vehicle for healthcare reform, and have the potential to substantially improve public health.

♦ Coordinated national delivery of patient education programs has the potential to improve healthcare and outcomes for people with arthritis.

History

Journal

Medical journal of Australia

Volume

180

Issue

5

Season

Supplement

Publisher

Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

ISSN

0025-729X

eISSN

1326-5377

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2004, The Medical Journal of Australia

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