Psychological Interventions for Arthritis
A Stanford University researcher studied arthritis patients who were taught self-management skills by a trained lay person who also had arthritis. Four hundred patients with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis participated in the controlled study.
The participants were given six two-hour sessions on how to increase their sense of control and capability despite the arthritis.
The study showed that improved self-efficacy could indeed be learned. Among the patients:
Quality of life improved substantially.
Pain was reduced by 20 percent.
There was an actual decrease in symptoms-there was less inflammation and fewer swollen joints.
Medical office visits were reduced by 43 percent.
Costs over a four-year period were reduced substantially.
See Also: The Role of Attitudes, Emotions and Relationships in Rheumatoid Arthritis
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