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Educational needs of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases attending a large health facility in Austria

Hirsch, Jameson K.; Toussaint, Loren; Offenbächer, Martin; Kohls, Niko; Hanshans, Christian; Vallejo, Miguel; Rivera, Javier; Sirois, Fuschia; Untner, Johannes; Hölzl, Bertram; Gaisberger, Martin; Ndosi, Mwidimi

Authors

Jameson K. Hirsch

Loren Toussaint

Martin Offenbächer

Niko Kohls

Christian Hanshans

Miguel Vallejo

Javier Rivera

Fuschia Sirois

Johannes Untner

Bertram Hölzl

Martin Gaisberger



Abstract

Introduction
Patient education is an important part of the management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Given that patients with diverse diseases do not have the same needs, it is crucial to assess the educational requirements of targeted groups to provide tailored educational interventions. The aim of our study was to assess educational needs of a large cohort of patients with different rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases attending a health facility in Austria.

Methods
We assessed educational needs, via an online survey of patients with fibromyalgia (FMS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) recruited from an Austrian health‐care facility, using the Austrian version of the Educational Needs Assessment Tool (OENAT).

Results
For our sample of 603 patients, AS (62%), RA (15%), and FMS (24%), there were no educational need differences for the domains of movements, disease process, and self‐help measures. Patients with FMS had less need for pain management education and greater need for education about feelings, than other disease groups. Patients with RA had a greater need for education related to treatments than other groups, and patients with AS had a greater need for treatment education than patients with FMS. Patients with AS reported greater need for support system education than other patient groups.

Conclusion
Educational needs vary by disease groups, suggesting that health‐care professionals should assess disease‐specific needs for education to provide optimal assistance in disease management for patients.

Citation

Hirsch, J. K., Toussaint, L., Offenbächer, M., Kohls, N., Hanshans, C., Vallejo, M., …Ndosi, M. (2020). Educational needs of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases attending a large health facility in Austria. Musculoskeletal Care, 18(3), 391-396. https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1474

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 5, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 20, 2020
Publication Date Sep 1, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 23, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 21, 2021
Journal Musculoskeletal Care
Print ISSN 1478-2189
Electronic ISSN 1557-0681
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Pages 391-396
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1474
Keywords Chiropractics; Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation; Rheumatology; Nursing (miscellaneous); Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/5925657
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1474
Additional Information Received: 2020-04-02; Accepted: 2020-04-05; Published: 2020-04-20

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Hirsch, J. K., Toussaint, L., Offenbächer, M., Kohls, N., Hanshans, C., Vallejo, M., …Ndosi, M. (2020). Educational needs of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases attending a large health facility in Austria. Musculoskeletal Care, 18(3), 391-396. which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1474. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.







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