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Clinical effectiveness of self-management for people with arthritis

Led by Dr Jo Adams.

Our arthritis care research programme aims to improve quality of life through understanding self-management strategies, and clinical effectiveness of rehabilitation for people with musculoskeletal conditions.

Our arthritis research is also driving educational and professional development needs of health and social care practitioners. Self-management is a central tenant of empowering people with long term conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

It is known that people who adopt some self management strategies such as taking exercise, using equipment to support them at home and using techniques to protect their joints can enjoy a better quality of life than people who do not.

However, the work involved in knowing which self-management strategies are the most effective and for whom, is still ongoing.  Our arthritis care research is concerned with establishing the most effective conservative (i.e. non-drug) methods for treating pain and helping people to remain as active as possible for as long as possible; it is also focused on ensuring that the education and guidance we give to all users of health and social services empowers people to develop these self-management skills.

Arthritis care research is helping people with musculoskeletal conditions
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