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SP0163 Patient partner program
  1. J Zasterova
  1. Rheuma League, Prague, Czech Republic


Ms. Zasterova describes her participation in the Patient Partner program sponsored by the Searle Company. The aim of the program is to train people suffering from rheumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis so that they could become teachers/advisors to other patients with rheumatic disease and so start continuing rounds of patient-to-patient teaching. The training consists of:

  • Regular meetings

  • Lectures on medicaments, psychology, rehabilitation, etc.

  • Practical presentation of medical aids

  • Teaching materials

  • Final test of knowledge gained

The program not only provides information that helps them understand and influence their own disease, but also engages patients in sharing the knowledge and encourages patients to mutual help.

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