|Title||Effectiveness of a Scaled-Up Arthritis Self-Management Program in Oregon: Walk With Ease.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Conte, KP, Odden, MC, Linton, NM, Harvey, SM|
|Journal||Am J Public Health|
|Date Published||2016 Dec|
|Keywords||Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Arthritis, Female, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Oregon, Patient Education as Topic, Program Evaluation, Self Care, Walking|
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness of Walk With Ease (WWE), an evidence-based arthritis self-management program that was scaled up in Oregon in 2012 to 2014.
METHODS: Guided by the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) framework, we collected participant surveys and attendance records and conducted observations. Preprogram and postprogram, participants self-reported pain and fatigue (scale: 0-10 points; high scores indicate more pain and fatigue) and estimated episodes of physical activity per week in the last month.
RESULTS: Recruitment successfully reached the targeted population-sedentary adults with arthritis (n = 598). Participants reported significant reduction in pain (-0.47 points; P = .006) and fatigue (-0.58 points; P = .021) and increased physical activity (0.86 days/week; P < .001). WWE was adopted by workplaces and medical, community, faith, and retirement centers. Most WWE programs were delivered with high fidelity; average attendance was 47%.
CONCLUSIONS: WWE is suitable for implementation by diverse organizations. Effect sizes for pain and fatigue were less than those in the original WWE studies, but this is to be expected for a large-scale implementation. Public Health Implications. WWE can be effectively translated to diverse, real-world contexts to help sedentary adults increase physical activity and reduce pain and fatigue.
|Alternate Journal||Am J Public Health|