Piloting education days for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis and their partners : a multidisciplinary approach
Ellard, David R., Barlow, J.H., Paskins, Z., Stapley, J., Wild, A. and Rowe, I.F.. (2009) Piloting education days for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis and their partners : a multidisciplinary approach. Musculoskeletal Care, Vol.7 (No.1). pp. 17-30. ISSN 1478-2189Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/msc.137
Objectives: To develop, pilot, refine and reassess an education day presented by a rheumatology multidisciplinary team (MDT) for recently diagnosed (less than six months) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients and their partners/carers.
Methods: A patient education day was developed drawing on an assessment of local patient educational needs and preferences and input from a rheumatology MDT. Feedback from the first education day (2004) (Day 1; 12 patients; age range 19–63 years (median 46); 10 of whom were accompanied by a partner) informed the development of a second education day (2005) (Day 2; 19 patients; age range 36–75 years (median 57.5); 13 of whom were accompanied by a partner). Participants completed evaluation forms on both days and at follow-up between six and seven weeks later, rating each session on a 5-point scale on dimensions of ‘informative’, ‘useful’, ‘interesting’ and ‘enjoyable’. A global rating of the day's ‘usefulness’ was completed at the end of each day on a 10-point scale. Participants were asked to write comments on each session and on aspects of the entire day. RA knowledge, and general and RA-specific self-efficacy were also measured on day 2 (and at follow-up) using the 12-item Patient Knowledge Questionnaire, the 10-item generalized self-efficacy scale and a four-item RA-specific self-efficacy scale. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were used in the analysis.
Results: Ratings for individual sessions were all high, with no session being rated below 4 out of 5 (1 = ‘totally disagree’ to 5 = ‘totally agree’) on both days. The majority of patients (84%) and their partners (57%) responded to the follow-up. Many had used the information package distributed on the day. Some patients and their partners reported positive changes in RA management. Although patient knowledge did not increase significantly (medians 11 at both time points, p = 0.054) (Day 2), RA self-efficacy improved (baseline 11 and 14, respectively), suggesting that patients were more confident in managing their condition (p = 0.010).
Conclusions: The development of this ‘local’ education and information intervention was carried out in line with Medical Research Council guidelines, and the lessons learned from Day 1 informed further development for Day 2. A one-day format for education of early RA involving the rheumatology MDT was rated highly by participants and warrants further examination. Although this study was a small ‘local’ intervention, its strengths are that it informs the possibility of wider developments of this kind using a MDT. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Musculoskeletal Care|
|Publisher:||John Wiley & Sons Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 17-30|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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