Effect of Patient Education in Rheumatic Diseases

This study has been completed.
The Research Council of Norway
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: February 12, 2008
Last updated: April 7, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

The purpose of this study is to explore the effect of patient education (PE) in patients with arthritis. PE has become a task that is dictated by law in Norway, and is increasingly used as an element in the treatment of patients with chronic complaints. Our hypothesis is that

- PE delivered as group education, followed by an individual nurse consultation increases the patients wellbeing an ability to cope with the disease.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Patient education with individual nurse consultations

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: The Effect of Patient Education on Coping and Well Being in Patients With Arthritis.

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Further study details as provided by Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Self efficacy [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Well being (Arizona Integrative Outcomes Scale) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale 2 (affect, symptoms, social interaction, role) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Educational Needs Assessment Tools [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Modified Health Assessment Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • DAS 28 score (Disease activity score) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Patient Activation Measurement (PAM) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Cost- benefit [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Physical activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Use of medications [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • fatigue (VAS scale) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Pain (VAS scale) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 4 and 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 141
Study Start Date: February 2008
Study Completion Date: March 2010
Primary Completion Date: March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Patient education
Behavioral: Patient education with individual nurse consultations
3 group meetings followed by 1-2 individual nurse consultations.
No Intervention: 2
Usual care

Detailed Description:
There has been a rather long tradition of PE for patients with arthritis. A recent systematic review found that PE had small short-term effects on disability, joint counts, patient global assessment, psychological status and depression, but this effect disappeared on the latest time of follow up (3-14 months). A recent large British study also failed to show an effect on pain, physical functioning, or contact with primary care after 12 months, but found a significant effect on anxiety and improved the participants' perceived self efficacy. This indicates that the present forms of interventions fails to show a long term effect. One possible reason for the lack of long term effect might be that these interventions are given to groups only. Patients seem to prefer one-to-one interaction regarding information about the disease and its treatment together with emotional aspects, while education in groups are preferred for physical training and relational topics.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Polyarthritis
  • 18-80 years
  • native Norwegian speaking
  • able to understand and participate in the PE program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participated in a patient educational program the latest 12 months
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Norwegian University of Science and Technology and St. Olavs Hospital HF
Trondheim, Norway, 7489
Sponsors and Collaborators
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
The Research Council of Norway
Principal Investigator: Aslak Steinsbekk Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Principal Investigator: Kjersti Grønning Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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