Patient education in groups increases knowledge of osteoporosis and adherence to treatment: A two-year randomized controlled trial

Dorthe Nielsen, Jesper Ryg, Winnie Nielsen, Berit Knold, Nis Nissen, Kim Brixen

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OBJECTIVE: Non-adherence to pharmacological treatment in osteoporosis is a well-recognized problem. We hypothesized that a group-based educational programme would increase patients' knowledge and level of adherence with medical treatment. METHODS: A total of 300 patients (32 men aged 65 ± 9 years and 268 women aged 63 ± 8 years), recently diagnosed with osteoporosis, were randomised to either an osteoporosis school programme (four classes of 8-12 participants over four weeks) or a control group. Teaching was multidisciplinary, based on patients' experiences and background and designed to encourage empowerment. Patients' knowledge about osteoporosis and adherence to treatment was assessed with self-completed questionnaires at baseline and after 3, 12, and 24 months. RESULTS: There were no significant differences at baseline between the two groups with respect to knowledge score or level of adherence. At two years' follow-up, the improvement in knowledge score was 2 [0-4] points (median [25-75 percentiles]) in the school group and 0 [-2 to 2] in controls (p
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftPatient Education and Counseling
Vol/bind81
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)155-60
Antal sider6
ISSN0738-3991
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1. nov. 2010

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