Health outcome improvements in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus using two telephone counseling interventions

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  • Objective. To examine the effectiveness of two telephone intervention strategies for improving the health outcomes of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods. Fifty-eight SLE patients were randomly assigned to receive a 6-month telephone counseling intervention using either a treatment counseling (TC) or symptom monitoring (SM) strategy. Health outcomes were assessed using the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS) and the Arthritis impact Measurement Scales 2 (AIMS2). Results. At the 6-month followup, the mean AIMS2 Physical Function scale and AIMS2 Social Support scale scores were significantly improved (P < 0.05) for the TC group compared to the SM groups. The mean FSS score, AIMS2 Affect score, and AIMS2 Pain score were significantly improved (P < 0.05) for both groups. Conclusions. Telephone interventions, especially using the TC approach, can be effective for improving the functional status of persons with SLE.
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  • Austin JS; Maisiak RS; Macrina DM; Heck LW
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  • 391
  • End Page

  • 399
  • Volume

  • 9
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  • 5