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Title: The effect of a self-management program on the quality-of-life of community-dwelling older adults with chronic musculoskeletal knee pain : a pilot randomized controlled trial
Authors: Kwok, EYT
Au, RKC
Li-Tsang, CWP 
Keywords: Chronic musculoskeletal pain
Community-dwelling older adults
Quality-of-life
Self-management program
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Clinical gerontologist, 2016, v. 39, no. 5, p. 428-448 How to cite?
Journal: Clinical gerontologist 
Abstract: Objectives: To evaluate a 6-week self-management program on pain conducted in a mobile setting at the residences of older adult participants.
Methods: In this single-blinded randomized controlled trial, 46 community-dwelling older adults with chronic knee pain were randomly assigned to the experimental (n = 19) and wait-list control groups (n = 27). The experimental group engaged in the 6-week program while the control group was only given some pamphlets on exercise and joint care. The pain level, physical functions, QOL, and self-efficacy of the participants in both groups were assessed at baseline, post-program, and at the 1-month follow-up session. Both baseline and post-program (or post-control-period assessment) data were analyzed.
Results: The results showed that the participants in the experimental group had a higher level of self-efficacy, better performance in walking test, a higher level of quality-of-life, and less frequency of pain at the post-program follow-up as compared to the control group. The effect was maintained among the experimental group at post-4-week follow-up and further reduction in pain was detected.
Conclusions: The program appeared to be effective at improving the pain status, self-efficacy, functional performance, and quality-of-life of older adults. However, as the sample size was small, further study is suggested to investigate the effects of the program.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61353
ISSN: 0731-7115 (print)
1545-2301 (online)
DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2016.1171818
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