Spouse-assisted coping skills training in the management of osteoarthritic knee pain.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a spouse-assisted pain-coping skills training intervention on pain, psychological disability, physical disability, pain-coping, and pain behavior in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knees. METHODS: Eighty-eight OA patients with persistent knee pain were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 conditions: 1) spouse-assisted pain-coping skills training, (spouse-assisted CST), 2) a conventional CST intervention with no spouse involvement (CST), or 3) an arthritis education-spousal support (AE-SS) control condition. All treatment was carried out in 10 weekly, 2-hour group sessions. RESULTS: Data analysis revealed that at the completion of treatment, patients in the spouse-assisted CST condition had significantly lower levels of pain, psychological disability, and pain behavior, and higher scores on measures of coping attempts, marital adjustment, and self-efficacy than patients in the AE-SS control condition. Compared to patients in the AE-SS control condition, patients who received CST without spouse involvement had significantly higher post-treatment levels of self-efficacy and marital adjustment and showed a tendency toward lower levels of pain and psychological disability and higher scores on measures of coping attempts and ratings of the perceived effectiveness of pain-coping strategies. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that spouse-assisted CST has potential as a method for reducing pain and disability in OA patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keefe, FJ; Caldwell, DS; Baucom, D; Salley, A; Robinson, E; Timmons, K; Beaupre, P; Weisberg, J; Helms, M

Published Date

  • August 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 279 - 291

PubMed ID

  • 8997917

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-7524

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/1529-0131(199608)9:4<279::aid-anr1790090413>3.0.co;2-6


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States