Evaluation of a community rehabilitation service for people with rheumatoid arthritis

Man Hong Andrew Siu, Dominic Y.Y. Chui

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This study aims to evaluate the outcomes of a community rehabilitation service for people with rheumatoid arthritis, provided by the Community Rehabilitation Network (CRN) in Hong Kong. The three-phase community rehabilitation service consists of a number of standardized program elements, including orientation meeting, self-help course, stress management program, water exercises class, as well as informal social and recreational activities. Using a pre-, post-test non-equivalent groups design, the outcomes of 29 clients of the treatment group were compared with 16 clients of the comparison group at baseline and at the end of 9 months, using an 86-item self-completed questionnaire. The treatment group achieved significant more increases in self-efficacy of managing the illness, more increases in self-management behaviors, but no significant increases in the overall health status or health care utilization patterns, when compared with the comparison group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004


  • Community rehabilitation
  • Community-based rehabilitation
  • Evaluation
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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