Author(s): Barlow J, Barlow J
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Abstract Definitions of health education and patient education form the starting point for an overview of patient education interventions for people with osteoarthritis (OA). Recipients, tutors and the key messages that education can deliver are considered, followed by a review of the methods used and the typical content of current educational provision for OA. The theoretical and empirical basis for interventions is illustrated using examples from the somewhat limited field. The outcomes used to evaluate education and the evidence for effectiveness is presented. The issues of which patients benefit most, adherence, length of interventions, optimal timing and frequency are raised. The chapter concludes with a brief discussion of the best health care system is needed to underpin educational provision and suggestions for a research agenda that will go some way towards addressing the many questions that remain unanswered. Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
This article was published in Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol
and referenced in Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior