Patient education and self care

Jennifer Klaber Moffett and Angela Clough

in Oxford Textbook of Musculoskeletal Medicine

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2015 | ISBN: 9780199674107
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191752131 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbook

Patient education and self care

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Appropriate patient education is an essential part of managing musculoskeletal conditions effectively. If someone has insight into their problem and how to deal with it, the disorder is likely to improve more quickly. Effective patient education is likely to depend as much on the method of delivery as the content. The first part of this chapter deals with the problem of successfully delivering the message. In the remainder of the chapter, the content of the message is addressed, using research-based evidence and personal clinical experience. Many of the examples are directly related to back pain, which often forms at least 50% of a musculoskeletal workload. Since 2007, there have also been significant cost-effective self-care problems with patients with chronic knee and hip pain. Much of the research knowledge relating to the back, and resulting principles, can often safely be transferred to the peripheral joints and applied to other conditions.

Chapter.  13675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Rheumatology

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