‘How are you Managing your Arthritis?’: A Qualitative Research Contribution to Self-management Strategies for Osteoarthritis

By Jane Elizabeth Hiscock.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, causing chronic joint inflammation and pain which can affect quality of life. There is a wide range of treatments and approaches available to reduce and manage the effects of osteoarthritis, including training in self-management techniques. Self-help and self-management strategies include engagement with both service providers and relevant information to enable the individual to take an active role in their own treatment. The aim of this qualitative health project was to ask adults with osteoarthritis, who have not undertaken a formal self-management program, about their own self-management strategies for coping. Participants outlined, in their own words, a range of effort and possibilities which form their own personal strategies. This is useful for those practitioners who provide some of the services which are described by participants, as well as identifying areas of interest for those offering more formal self-management approaches through self-management programs.

Keywords: Self-Management of Osteoarthritis, Qualitative Health Research, Health Information, Health Communication

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.467-476. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 666.530KB).

Dr. Jane Elizabeth Hiscock

University Lecturer, Division of Education, Arts and Social Science, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Dr. Jane Hiscock is a lecturer in communication with a research interest in health communication. She is also training as a leader for a chronic conditions self-management program.

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