Sigrid Mattussek

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Between November 1984 and July 1988 a total of 8044 randomly selected German residents of the city of Hannover/FRG, aged 25 to 74, have been screened for rheumatic complaints by means of a postal questionnaire. An average 87% of the probands contacted returned completed questionnaires. Respondents with a "positive" questionnaire, i.e. suggestive of the(More)
This work presents results of a quasiexperimental prospective cohort study of the medium-term course of chronic rheumatoid arthritis (RA) under two different conditions of care. During 1984-1986 a total of 262 patients was recruited. All were new referrals to a university outpatient department. 121 came from the city of Hannover, FRG, and were assigned to(More)
AIMS To explore the information needs of adolescents with juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) with respect to patient education and other measures to promote self-management. METHODS Standardized cross-sectional inquiry concerning disease-related knowledge, perceived importance of information giving, unmet needs as well as perceived attractiveness of a range(More)
In September 2005, the Collaborative Arthritis Center in Hannover, the Hannover Medical School, general practitioners, rheumatologists in private practice, the League against Rheumatism in Lower Saxony (Rheuma-Liga Niedersachsen, a regional patient self-help organization), the State Pension Authority (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Braunschweig-Hannover) and a(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease affecting about 1% of the general population world-wide. It is characterised by severe pain and a reduction of functional capacity leading to a reduced quality of life. The initiation of an early, effective, continuous and long-term treatment is essential for preventing or delaying progression(More)
Since 1989 patient education programmes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and other spondylarthropathies, systemic lupus erythematosus, vasculitis, fibromyalgia, and juvenile chronic arthritis and their parents have been developed by an interdisciplinary team of the German Society of Rheumatology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für(More)
AIM Between 2000 and 2003 the collaborative arthritis center Hanover implemented a quality management program for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Fourteen rheumatologists in private practice participated in this model project. One of the aims of the project was to improve the cooperation between primary care physicians and rheumatologists. A survey(More)
The aim of the workshop was to work out concrete plans and steps for implementing patient education courses in an outpatient setting by the collaborative arthritis centers in Germany. Primarily the patient education model of Lower Saxony was illustrated as an example of successful implementation of patient education programs in practice. In this state(More)
The article summarizes the state of the art in patient education in rheumatology and describes the goals that have been reached and the problems that have to be solved in the future. Within recent years 6 patient education programs have been developed, 4 additional programs are in progress. Evaluation studies have been conducted for 3 programs showing(More)
Most of the patients with rheumatic diseases do not know enough about their disease and its treatment. This may influence patient's satisfaction and compliance. Patient education is a useful approach to reduce the negative consequences of the lack of knowledge and non-compliance. Rheumatologists have recognized patient education as an important part of the(More)