Enabling Self-management and Coping with Arthritic Pain using Exercise (ESCAPE-pain) is a rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain, that integrates educational self-management and coping strategies with an exercise regimen individualised for each participant. It helps people understand their condition, teaches them simple things they can help themselves with, and takes them through a progressive exercise programme so they learn how to cope with pain better.
Robust evaluation shows that ESCAPE-pain:
- reduces pain
- improves physical function
- improves the psychosocial consequences of pain – depression, people’s sense of being in control of their problems, self-confidence and self-esteem
- reduces healthcare and utilisation costs
Detailed description of how to set up and run ESCAPE-pain, and all the resources (educational presentations, exercise guides, patient information leaflets, supporting evidence) required to run the programme are freely available after registering on the site.
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