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Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-Management Programs Work

Self-management programs for those with rheumatoid arthritis can improve symptoms.

Whether you’re newly diagnosed with RA or have dealt with the condition for decades, you likely have questions or issues that you can’t resolve in the periodic appointments with your rheumatologist. Consider attending a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), available in communities around the country.

What Are RA Self-Management Programs?

Developed by Stanford University, these six-week interactive courses “help people with chronic conditions understand what they need to do on a day-to-day basis — since people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) live 99 percent of their time outside the healthcare system — and also how to better deal with the emotional aspects,” says Kate Lorig, doctor of public health and director of the Patient Education Research Center at Stanford Medicine in Palo Alto, California, and one of the program’s pioneers.

You’ll Benefit From Courses on Almost Any Chronic Condition

A typical course is led by two facilitators, at least one of whom has a chronic disease. Although some programs are tailored specifically for arthritis, most are geared to people with varying conditions. “One of the things that we’ve found is that there are commonalities across chronic conditions, so you don’t have to find a program that is disease-specific,” Lorig says.

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