Efficacy study of multimedia rheumatoid arthritis patient education program
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2013
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How to Cite
Unk, J. A. and Brasington, R. (2013), Efficacy study of multimedia rheumatoid arthritis patient education program. American Assoc Nurse Prac. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12064
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: JAN 2012
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- patient education;
- health literacy;
The research goal of improving patient adherence was assessed in this randomized controlled trial of the outcomes of a 15-min multimedia educational program when compared to educational literature for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.
One hundred eight RA patients from a Midwestern rheumatology outpatient clinic completed the self-reported Medication Adherence Questionnaire (MAQ), the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (BIPQ), and Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) at baseline and 1 month after education. A paired samples t-test was use for data analyses to determine if there was a significant difference in the change between the groups at preintervention and 1-month postintervention.
There were no significant differences in the scores between the two groups from pretest to posttest. Results from this study showed that medication adherence, illness perception, and disability were not improved by use of multimedia or the literature within 1 month.
Implications for practice
Findings from this research study showed that a short multimedia educational program is as effective as printed materials to educate patients with RA about their disease and treatment. However, neither multimedia nor literature affects medication adherence, illness perception, or disability as self-reported by patients with RA.