Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 483–496

A randomized controlled trial of an online self-management program for adults with arthritis pain

  • Kimberlee J. Trudeau
  • Lynette A. Pujol
  • Pronabesh DasMahapatra
  • Raya Wall
  • Ryan A. Black
  • Kevin Zacharoff
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10865-015-9622-9

Cite this article as:
Trudeau, K.J., Pujol, L.A., DasMahapatra, P. et al. J Behav Med (2015) 38: 483. doi:10.1007/s10865-015-9622-9

Abstract

The objective of this RCT was to assess the efficacy of an online pain self-management program with adults who had a self-reported doctor diagnosis of arthritis pain (N = 228). Participants were recruited via flyers and online postings then randomized to the experimental condition or the wait-list control condition. Individuals in the experimental condition reported significantly (1) increased arthritis self-efficacy and (2) reduced pain catastrophizing from baseline to follow up compared to those in the control condition. High user engagement (>204.5 min on the website) was also significantly associated with improved self-management outcomes. These findings suggest that use of an online self-management program may positively impact self-efficacy and catastrophizing among adults with arthritis pain at 6 month follow up. Nonsignificant findings for hypothesized variables such as pain intensity and health behaviors are also discussed. Future longitudinal research is needed to assess if cognitive changes associated with participation in an online self-management program leads to reduced pain.

Keywords

Arthritis Online Self-management Self-efficacy Pain catastrophizing 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberlee J. Trudeau
    • 1
  • Lynette A. Pujol
    • 2
  • Pronabesh DasMahapatra
    • 1
  • Raya Wall
    • 1
  • Ryan A. Black
    • 1
  • Kevin Zacharoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Inflexxion, Inc.NewtonUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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