Feasibility of a dyadic intervention for management of osteoarthritis: a pilot study with older patients and their spousal caregivers.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

This study evaluated a novel intervention for older osteoarthritis (OA) patients and their spousal caregivers that consisted of standard patient education supplemented by information related to effectively managing arthritis as a couple. Twenty-four female OA patients and their husbands were randomly assigned to either an educational intervention that was targeted at both patient and spouse or to a patient education intervention that was targeted at only the patient. Findings revealed that both interventions were evaluated favorably but the couple intervention was better attended than the patient intervention. In addition, patients in the couple intervention experienced greater increased efficacy in managing arthritis pain and other symptoms. The findings of this pilot study point to the utility of a dyadic intervention approach to management of OA in late life.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Martire, LM; Schulz, R; Keefe, FJ; Starz, TW; Osial, TA; Dew, MA; Reynolds, CF

Published Date

  • January 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 60

PubMed ID

  • 12554315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1360-7863

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/1360786021000007045


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England