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Patient education and self care 

Patient education and self care
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Patient education and self care
Author(s):

Jennifer Klaber Moffett

and Angela Clough

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0049
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date: 09 August 2020

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.

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