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Senior Health Week: Arthritis
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Arthritis News:

Disease Self-Management Program Helps Arthritis Patients Maintain Function

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a 17-hour course geared toward managing chronic diseases, could help arthritis patients delay – and possibly prevent – disabilities.

In a two-year study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University
Patient Education Research Center, program participants, aged 40-to
90-years-old, learned to better manage symptoms of their diseases, adhere to medication regimens and maintain daily function.

Six months into the study, patients had more energy, and reduced fatigue and health stress. The researchers also found improved communications between patients and physicians, and improved self-rated health.

Additionally, fewer trips to doctors and emergency rooms meant a two-year savings of $390 to $520 per patient after the cost of the program.

Source: Arthritis Week of June 16, 2002




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