Study of Individualized Instruction Versus Pamphlet in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
I. Evaluate an educational program that has been pretested for cultural appropriateness and literacy requirements in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
II. Assess the impact of this educational program on patients with SLE, with an emphasis on recognizing cardinal symptoms, coping with fatigue, regulating medications, and communicating with the physician.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Procedure: Tailored educational program
Procedure: Educational materials
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
|Official Title:||Randomized Study of Individualized Instruction Versus Pamphlet in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus|
|Study Start Date:||December 1994|
Patients are randomly assigned to 1 of 2 groups.
One group participates in an educational program administered and coordinated by a health educator. The program includes 1 or 2 educational sessions emphasizing practical advice, each lasting approximately 1.5 hours; social support from a patient-identified management partner; and behavioral reinforcement from health center staff, the patient partner, and written and audio materials.
The control group receives patient educational materials consistent with usual care (pamphlets).
Patients are followed at 6, 12, 24, and 36 months.
|Study Chair:||W. Neal Roberts||Virginia Commonwealth University|