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Title: Evaluation of a community rehabilitation service for people with rheumatoid arthritis
Authors: Siu, AM 
Chui, DY
Keywords: Community-based rehabilitation
Community rehabilitation
Evaluation
Rheumatoid arthritis
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Patient education & counseling, 2004, v. 55, no. 1, p. 62-69 How to cite?
Journal: Patient education & counseling 
Abstract: This study aims to evaluate the outcomes of a community rehabilitation service for people with rheumatoid arthritis, provided by the Community Rehabilitation Network (CRN) in Hong Kong. The three-phase community rehabilitation service consists of a number of standardized program elements, including orientation meeting, self-help course, stress management program, water exercises class, as well as informal social and recreational activities. Using a pre-, post-test non-equivalent groups design, the outcomes of 29 clients of the treatment group were compared with 16 clients of the comparison group at baseline and at the end of 9 months, using an 86-item self-completed questionnaire. The treatment group achieved significant more increases in self-efficacy of managing the illness, more increases in self-management behaviors, but no significant increases in the overall health status or health care utilization patterns, when compared with the comparison group.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/14072
ISSN: 0738-3991
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2003.08.001
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