RAHelp.Org: An Online Self Management Program for Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis
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The objective of this study is to determine the effects of an arthritis self-management program and an online support community delivered via an encrypted, secure web site on psychological well-being, pain, quality of life, global health status, and social supporting in adults with RA.
Condition or disease
Behavioral: Online Self-Management
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. More than 7 million persons in this country report limitations in their daily activities due to arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis alone affects 1 of every 100 persons in the US. Clinic-based self-management programs have been found to be effective in reducing both pain and disability for persons with RA. However, barriers to participation exist such as distance, time, limited transportation, and declining functional status. The Internet is widely used as a source of information about health issues and may provide an opportunity to reduce these barriers and extend consumer access to self-management approaches. It is necessary to determine the efficacy of Internet-delivered self-management programs.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
18 or more years of age
Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosed by a rheumatologist
Stable medication regimen for 3 months
Previous exposure to arthritis self-management programs
Uncontrolled psychiatric comorbidity
Uncontrolled medical comorbidity (e.g. active cancer)
Smarr K; Musser D; Donovan Hanson K; Laffey J; Johnson R; Siva C; Parker J. Development of an online self-management intervention for persons with rheumatoid arthritis: The RAHelp.org project. Arthritis Rheum 2005 Sep;52(9):S718
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