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Arthritis Self-Management Education Program

This study has been completed.
Stanford University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Information provided by:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Identifier:
First received: April 25, 2007
Last updated: January 27, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
We will develop brief versions of the classic 6-week Arthritis Self-Management Program and evaluate their effectiveness.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Arthritis Quick Start
Other: Delayed treatment intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Arthritis Self-Management Education -- Dose Response

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-Efficacy [ Time Frame: 10-1-05-9-30-09 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-reported health [ Time Frame: 10-1-05-9-30-09 ]

Enrollment: 690
Study Start Date: October 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Arthritis self-management workshop
Comparison of two-week, lay led, scripted self-management workshop emphasizing action planning, problem-solving, and content specific to arthritis.
Behavioral: Arthritis Quick Start
Two week, lay led, workshop focusing on goal setting, problem solving, and content specific to disease management.
Other: Delayed treatment intervention
After four months delay, participants in Control Group receive Experimental workshop.
Delayed treatment control
After 4 month delay, participants in Control Group receive Experimental intervention.
Other: Delayed treatment intervention
After four months delay, participants in Control Group receive Experimental workshop.

Detailed Description:
Many national statements have been made recently about the importance of evidence-based arthritis self-management to improvements in the public's health. The prevalence of arthritis is increasing as the US population ages; the prevalence of arthritis-related disability is higher among Blacks than Whites. Effective arthritis self-management education programs with varying formats have been developed and found effective. Despite this, many Arthritis Foundation chapters and arthritis units of state health departments have found dissemination difficult, and cite the time demands (6 weekly sessions, 2 hours/session) of the classic arthritis self-management education program (ASMP) as a major barrier. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Stanford University will develop and evaluate two "low dose" arthritis self-management programs. The study will be conducted in three phases. Phase One (Development): Researchers will conduct needs assessments with arthritis self-management program disseminators, rheumatologists and other arthritis health professionals, and potential program users to determine preferred content, length, and schedule. Using findings from these assessments, researchers will develop two "low dose" versions of the ASMP. Phase Two (Implementation and Evaluation): Researchers will evaluate the "response" (effectiveness) of both "low dose" interventions in a randomized controlled trial (4 months) and a longitudinal study (one year). We will measure four outcomes: (1) Self-Management Behaviors, (2) Arthritis Self-Efficacy, (3) Health-related Quality of Life (Self-reported Health, Pain, Disability, Fatigue, Activity Limitation, and Health Distress); and (4) Health Care Utilization. A sample of 700 adults with diagnosed arthritis or chronic joint pain, including 200 African Americans, will participate in the study. All data will be gathered via self-administered mailed questionnaires, with telephone follow-up as needed. We will use analysis of co-variance and structural equation modeling to evaluate effectiveness. Researchers will also compare the effectiveness of each new "low dose" program with the effectiveness of existing arthritis self-management education program options. Phase Three (Dissemination): We will consult with arthritis units of state health departments and state chapters of the Arthritis Foundation on program adoption and distribution.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults, 18 years or older
  • Arthritis diagnosis
  • No prior participation in arthritis self-management
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00467064

United States, California
Stanford University Patient Education Research Center
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Stanford University
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Jean Goeppinger, PhD, BSN University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Principal Investigator: Kate Lorig, DrPH, BSN Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jean Goeppinger, UNC-Chapel Hill Identifier: NCT00467064     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06-0398-1-3
S3521-24/24 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: CDC )
Study First Received: April 25, 2007
Last Updated: January 27, 2010

Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
Disease self-management
Community programs

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017