A trial of home-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for arthritis in a regional centre

Helmes, E., Flockhart, I., and Caltabiano, N. (2007) A trial of home-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for arthritis in a regional centre. Australian Journal of Psychology, 59 (S1). pp. 286-287.

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Residents of rural and regional areas often have limited access to health care professionals. This study investigated the ability of a modification of the Arthritis Basics for Change program developed by the American Arthritis Foundation to improve psychosocial functioning in a group of individuals with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis who lived in northern Queensland. The program comprised five, home-based sessions spaced over three weeks incorporating an audio CD and two 10-minutetelephone consultations. A total of 34 individuals (7 males, mean age 59 years) were randomly assigned to either an intervention group or a waitlist control group. Measures were administered before, after and at three months follow up and included the Arthritis Helplessness Index, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Health Assessment Questionnaire, and the Coping Strategies Questionnaire. Improvements were noted in helplessness, anxiety, and depression following the program and at a three-month follow up. No changes were observed for pain, []sability, or coping skills. A higher proportion of individuals in the intervention group than in the control group attained clinically significant improvements. Despite the small sample size, results showed that significant gains can be made through short, specifically tailored interventions.

Item ID: 49762
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1742-9536
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Abstract was presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society. Complete paper published in International Journal of Behavioral Research & Psychology and can be found at https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/40156/

Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 03:38
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