Patient education for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (Review)

R.P. Riemsma, J.R. Kirwan, E. Taal, H.J.J. Rasker

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Patient education shows short-term benefits for adults with rheumatoid arthritis. The purpose was to examine the effectiveness of patient education interventions on health status (pain, functional disability, psychological well-being and disease activity) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patient education had a small beneficial effect at first follow-up for disability, joint counts, patient global assessment, psychological status, and depression. At final follow-up (3-14 months) no evidence of significant benefits was found.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD003688
Number of pages108
JournalCochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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