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BACKGROUND While there are numerous instruments for capturing the symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients, there is a lack of questionnaires capable of measuring in detail FMS patients' participation and social functioning. It was our aim to develop and methodologically test a new patient questionnaire specific to FMS measuring these concepts (the(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective was to develop a comprehensive questionnaire for measuring the patient-perceived comprehensibility of health education programs (COHEP questionnaire). According to a conceptual model outlined in the article, comprehensibility is considered a context factor of patient health literacy. METHODS A questionnaire study was carried out on(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE An important requirement for achieving postulated goals in the context of patient education is that patient education be conducted in a way that the patients can understand it. It is the objective of this explorative study to examine how patients and providers evaluate the comprehensibility and patients' comprehension of patient education(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome are often severely restricted in their ability to participate in everyday activities and in social interaction. The aim of this study was to document female patients' subjectively-perceived limitations in participation and to develop material to generate items for a specific participation questionnaire. (More)
BACKGROUND Communication with patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is often considered difficult. The primary objective of this explorative study was to describe the communication preferences of FMS patients in comparison with other chronic diseases, and the secondary objective was to identify patient-related predictors of those communication(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is characterized by e. g. chronic, multilocular pain, and mental health problems. In Germany, patients with FMS are treated in somatic and psychosomatic rehabilitation centers - specialized for rheumatic diseases (somatic) or psychosomatic diseases. The aim of this study is to identify the status quo of FMS(More)
It was our aim to develop a questionnaire for patients with chronic musculoskeletal diseases to self-report their health education literacy, to analyse the psychometric properties of the instrument and to test hypotheses concerning sociodemographic predictors of health education literacy. A total of 577 patients with chronic back pain or osteoarthritis who(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the article is to describe the development, the process of manualisation and results from the formative evaluation of a patient-oriented patient education program to increase health literacy of patients with chronic illness ("Active in rehab"). METHODS Themes of the patient education program were extracted from 17 focus groups. An(More)
OBJECTIVE The "ParZivar II" project had 2 aims: optimization of the "ParZivar I" intervention by individual coaching of physicians, and evaluation of the optimized intervention. METHODS The intervention was evaluated in a sequential control group design in 4 rehabilitation facilities with 3 measurement points. A total of n=279 patients with chronic low(More)
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