Can the provision of information to patients with osteoarthritis improve functional status?. A randomized, controlled trial

Morris Weinberger, William M. Tierney, Patricia Booher, Barry P. Katz

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Abstract

After we assessed the functional status of 439 patients with osteoarthritis, we randomly assigned them to 1 of 3 intervention groups or to a control group. The interventions consisted of providing information, and differed only in the method of delivery: by phone, in person at the clinic, or both. Physical health improved (P = 0.02), pain was reduced (P = 0.02), and psychological health improved marginally (P = 0.10) in patients contacted by phone compared with those not contacted by phone. In those contacted only at the clinic, physical health worsened (P = 0.02), but neither pain (P = 0.80) nor psychological health (P = 0.90) differed from the values in patients not contacted at the clinic. We conclude that telephone contact is a useful intervention that can enhance the functional status of patients with osteoarthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1577-1583
Number of pages7
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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