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
90-years-old, learned to better manage symptoms of their diseases,
adhere to medication regimens and maintain daily function.
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.
fewer trips to doctors and emergency rooms meant a two-year
savings of $390 to $520 per patient after the cost of the
of June 16, 2002