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ERIC Number: EJ1020557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
People Getting a Grip on Arthritis II: An Innovative Strategy to Implement Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Patients through Facebook
Brosseau, Lucie; Wells, George A.; Brooks, Sydney; De Angelis, G.; Bell, Mary; Egan, Mary; Poitras, Stephane; King, Judy; Casimiro, Lynn; Loew, Laurianne; Novikov, Michael
Health Education Journal, v73 n1 p109-125 Jan 2014
Objective: The purpose of the study is to determine if an updated online evidence-based educational programme delivered through Facebook is effective in improving the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy of patients with arthritis in relation to evidence-based self-management rehabilitation interventions for osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: Adult patients (>18 years old) with self-reported OA or RA were eligible for the study. One-hundred-and-ten participants were recruited from the general public and different arthritis patient organizations throughout Canada. Eleven participants were selected to participate in focus groups to select effective self-management strategies for OA and RA according to level of implementation burden. Ninety-nine participants were then selected to participate in the online Facebook intervention which included a "group" web page providing case-based video clips on how to apply the selected self-management interventions. Over a three-month period participants were asked to complete three online questionnaires regarding their previous knowledge, intention to use/actual use of the self-management strategies, self-efficacy and confidence in managing their condition. Results: Knowledge acquisition scores improved among OA and RA participants with a mean difference of 1.8 (p < 0.01) when compared from baseline to immediate post-intervention. At three months post-intervention, almost all self-management strategies were successful with participants following through on their intention to use the self-management strategies; however, statistically significant results were only demonstrated for "'aquatic jogging" (p < 0.05) and "yoga" (p < 0.05) among OA participants, and "aquatic therapy" (p < 0.01) among RA participants. Self-efficacy was maintained from immediate post-intervention to three months follow-up, and confidence improved as the study progressed. Conclusions: This online programme can provide patient organization representatives with the opportunity to learn about and integrate evidence-based self-management strategies for OA and RA in their daily lives, to increase their awareness of useful community resources, and support their efforts to disseminate the information to others with arthritis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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