Self-Management for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Health Professionals or Lay Leaders?


Purpose: To compare two 6 week self-management (SM) programs for people with OA knee. We have developed a disease specific self-management education program (OAK), for people with OA of the knee1. OAK includes specific education and exercise advice- designed for delivery by health professionals (HP's) utilising their knowledge and expertise. We compared this program with the Arthritis Self-Management Program (ASMP)2. ASMP is scripted for delivery by lay leaders and is generic in content. There is little evidence to support one approach in preference to the other. We hypothesised that the disease specific OAK would lead to better outcomes than ASMP.


Peer-reviewed, education, patient, osteoarthritis, self-management


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