Reduction of joint pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis who have received monthly telephone calls from lay personnel and whose medical treatment regimens have remained stable
Article first published online: 9 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1992 American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 511–515, May 1992
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René, J., Weinberger, M., Mazzuca, S. A., Brandt, K. D. and Katz, B. P. (1992), Reduction of joint pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis who have received monthly telephone calls from lay personnel and whose medical treatment regimens have remained stable. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 35: 511–515. doi: 10.1002/art.1780350504
- Issue published online: 9 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 9 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 JAN 1992
- Manuscript Received: 7 JUN 1991
- National Institute of Arthritis. Grant Number: AR-20852
Objective. We previously reported that monthly telephone contact by lay personnel, to promote self-care for patients with osteoarthritis (OA), was associated with improved joint pain and physical function after 1 year of followup. The present study was a secondary analysis to determine whether improvement was contingent on intensified medical treatment.
Methods. We reanalyzed control/treatment group differences in all 40 subjects with radiographically confirmed knee OA who had had no changes in antirheumatic drug therapy or institution of physical therapy during the period of observation.
Results. Group differences in measured pain remained significant (effect size [ES] = 0.65 SD, P < 0.01). The same trend was observed for physical function (ES = 0.53 SD, P not significant).
Conclusion. The findings in this reanalysis suggest that periodic telephone support interventions are effective enough to be regarded as an adjunctive treatment for OA.