Reflective accounts

Osteoarthritis

A CPD article enhanced Emma Timmins’ awareness of the role of patient education in managing osteoarthritis

A CPD article enhanced Emma Timmins’ awareness of the role of patient education in managing osteoarthritis.

Abstract

After reading the article, I am aware of the effects of osteoarthritis on a patient’s quality of life. It is important to consider how patients with this condition may be coping and how their experiences of the condition may affect their quality of life.

It was informative to read about the presentation of osteoarthritis and the symptoms of pain, short-term stiffness after resting, joint deformity, reduced joint movement and crepitus. The article explained the importance of managing exercise, setting dietary goals and providing patient education.

Low impact exercise may be introduced, including a combination of resistance for strength, aerobic for fitness, and flexibility for balance, movement and co-ordination. The use of the SMART (specific, measurable, appropriate, realistic and time-based) tool to set goals with patients was described and examples given. This tool enables patients to positively and efficiently improve their health and quality of life.

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This reflective account is based on NS802 Ryan S (2015) Managing lifestyle factors in adults with osteoarthritis. Nursing Standard. 29, 46, 43-50.

 

 

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