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A survey of people with foot problems related to rheumatoid arthritis and their educational needs

Graham, Andrea S., Stephenson, John and Williams, Anita E. (2017) A survey of people with foot problems related to rheumatoid arthritis and their educational needs. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 10 (1). ISSN 1757-1146

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Abstract

Background
Up to 50% of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have foot symptoms at diagnosis, hence early foot health intervention is recommended and this should include patient education. This study identifies, for the first time, the foot health education (FHE) needs of people with RA.

Methods
An online survey of people with RA (n = 543) captured quantitative data in relation to the aims, methods of delivery, content, timing and accessibility of FHE.

Results
The majority concurred about the aims of FHE. Verbal delivery and websites were the most common methods. Written and verbal FHE were perceived to be the most effective methods. The point of diagnosis was the preferred time to receive it. Lack of access to FHE included minimal focus on foot health during consultations by both health practitioners and patients with RA. Participant gender, age, disease duration and living situation had a statistically significant influence on the results.

Conclusion
Foot health education is rarely considered within the medical consultation. There is a lack of patient and/or health professional awareness of this need with a detrimental impact on foot health. Patients require health professionals to identify their foot education health needs. Tailored foot health education should begin at initial diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 03:49
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/31462

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