Highlights of Consumer Research Findings

 

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WHY PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN LIFE IMPROVEMENT SERIES PROGRAMS

 

  • Constant pain and limitations they experience because of arthritis
  • Difficulty managing the pain and other symptoms with prescription or OTC medication
  • Strong desire to use less medication
  • Looking for something new and different

 

HOW PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS BECAME INVOLVED

 

  • Physician recommended program
  • Family member recommended or arranged for their participation
  • Participants were looking for a way to prevent arthritis from getting worse or at least slowing it down

 

WHY PEOPLE DO NOT PARTICIPATE

 

  • Lack of awareness
  • Fear of pain and hurting themselves more
  • Time commitment
  • Time of day/location not convenient
  • Bathing suits

 

APPEAL OF THE PROGRAMS

 

  • Taught by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors

    • Willing to pay for this expertise
    • Increases comfort level that exercise choices would be modified to reduce/eliminate risk of injury
    • Believe it results in more individualized attention

  • Opportunity to learn things that will make them feel better
  • Offers a different way to think about arthritis – arthritis isn’t just inevitably going to run its course
  • Be with other people, and reduce isolation

 

CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS

 

  • Be treated as an individual
  • Real, practical information they can use at home
  • How to manage pain, reduce reliance on medications
  • Information on heredity and how to reduce risk of acquiring arthritis in their children

 

BENEFITS EXPECTED

 

  • Improved ability to do more activities
  • Decreased pain and stiffness
  • Increased quality of life
  • Decreased depression
  • Increased social activities
  • Improved general health status
  • Decreased need to see physician
  • Increased knowledge
  • Belief in ability to manage disease

 

 

 

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