TitleFeasibility of a dyadic intervention for management of osteoarthritis: a pilot study with older patients and their spousal caregivers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMartire, LM, Schulz, R, Keefe, FJ, Starz, TW, Osial, TA, Dew, MA, Reynolds, CF
JournalAging Ment Health
Date Published2003 Jan
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Caregivers, Depression, Disability Evaluation, Feasibility Studies, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Osteoarthritis, Pain, Pain Measurement, Personal Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Self Efficacy, Severity of Illness Index, Social Support, Spouses

<p>This study evaluated a novel intervention for older osteoarthritis (OA) patients and their spousal caregivers that consisted of standard patient education supplemented by information related to effectively managing arthritis as a couple. Twenty-four female OA patients and their husbands were randomly assigned to either an educational intervention that was targeted at both patient and spouse or to a patient education intervention that was targeted at only the patient. Findings revealed that both interventions were evaluated favorably but the couple intervention was better attended than the patient intervention. In addition, patients in the couple intervention experienced greater increased efficacy in managing arthritis pain and other symptoms. The findings of this pilot study point to the utility of a dyadic intervention approach to management of OA in late life.</p>

Alternate JournalAging Ment Health
PubMed ID12554315
Grant ListHL 65112 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH 52247 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P50 HL 65111 / HL / NHLBI NIH HHS / United States
R25 MH 60473 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
T32 MH 19986 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States