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

M. Weinberger, W. M. Tierney, P. Booher, Barry 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 and Rheumatism
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 1989

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Osteoarthritis
Randomized Controlled Trials
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Psychology
Pain
Telephone
Control Groups

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Can the provision of information to patients with osteoarthritis improve functional status? A randomized, controlled trial. / Weinberger, M.; Tierney, W. M.; Booher, P.; Katz, Barry.

In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, Vol. 32, No. 12, 1989, p. 1577-1583.

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