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ERIC Number: EJ966111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
People Getting a Grip on Arthritis: A Knowledge Transfer Strategy to Empower Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Brosseau, Lucie; Lineker, Sydney; Bell, Mary; Wells, George; Casimiro, Lynn; Egan, Mary; Cranney, Ann; Tugwell, Peter; Wilson, Keith G.; De Angelis, Gino; Loew, Laurianne
Health Education Journal, v71 n3 p255-267 May 2012
Objective: The purpose of this study was twofold. First, to help people with arthritis become aware of and utilize Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) as they relate to self-management strategies. Second, to evaluate the impact of specific Knowledge Translation (KT) activities on CPG uptake. More specifically, investigators were interested in: (1) participant acquisition of knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy regarding the uptake of CPGs; (2) participant intention and actual use of CPGs; (3) whether participants trained to become educators shared new CPG knowledge with other people who have RA or OA; and (4) the effect of press media in promoting CPGs to the general public. Methods: Workshop 1 (WS1) was delivered by a multidisciplinary faculty. Selected participants from WS1 were then trained to become educators of pertinent CPGs and deliver the same content to a second group of patients in Workshop 2 (WS2). Questionnaires to measure the four aforementioned interests in KT were administered pre- and post- workshop as well as three months post-workshop. Results: Acquisition of new knowledge by workshop participants (n = 49) was found for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Tai Chi, and insoles and footwear, although not for weight management, aerobic walking, and strengthening exercises. Immediately post-workshop, participants in WS1 (M = 7.96, SD = 1.89) and WS2 (M = 7.16, SD = 1.46) had comparatively similar self-efficacy levels regarding symptom management. No statistically-significant changes were found for online general public participants. Conclusion: An intensive evidence-based educational programme focused on training CPG educators appears to be an effective method of KT for patients with RA and OA. Similar KT activities would be employed again but with greater attention to use of media strategies. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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