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Table 1 Description of the traditional rehabilitation programme (control intervention) provided at each participating centre at the start of the study

From: Evaluation of a structured goal planning and tailored follow-up programme in rehabilitation for patients with rheumatic diseases: protocol for a pragmatic, stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial

Centre Structure of the rehabilitation stay Interventions (length of sessions and number of sessions pr week)
Duration and setting Professions in the rehabilitation team Team meetings Group sessions Individual sessions Un-supervised sessions
1 Three to four weeks in-patient rehabilitation (5 days with active treatment pr week) Rheumatologist, physician, PT, OT, nurse Twice pr week Pool exercises (30 min × 5) PT (30 min × 4) Nordic walking, biking and/or pool exercising (as desired)
OT (as needed)
Gym exercises (30 min × 5) Psychologist (as needed)
Gym exercises (60 min × 4)
Patient education (60 min × 1)
2 Two weeks at a day hospital (5 + 5 days with active treatment) Physician, PT, OT, SW Once pr week Pool exercises (30 min × 5) PT, OT or SW (30 min × 5) Pool (30 min x 5)
Hand exercises (30 min × 5)
Gym exercises (45 + 45 min × 5)
3 Two weeks in-patient rehabilitation (5 + 5 days with active treatment) Rheumatologist, physician, PT, OT, nurse At admission and discharge Pool exercises (30 min × 5) PT (45 min × 4) Gym exercising (as desired)
OT (as needed)
Gym exercises with moderate intensity (30 min x 5) and/or Nurses (as needed)
Gym exercises with high intensity (30 min x 5)
Relaxation (30 min × 2)
Outdoor exercises (45 min × 3)
4 Six days in-patient stay with main focus on self-management (up to 16 patients within the same diagnostic group, 5 days with active treatment) Rheumatologist, nurse, PT, OT, occupational assistant, SW, dietary supervisor, psychotherapist None Lectures concerning diseases and treatment, physical activity, nutrition, social security benefits, pain management, stress management, relaxation, communication, assessment of one’s own resources and limitations, values and choices, and personal goals Consultations with team members as needed Pool and gym exercising (as desired)
Pool exercises (45 min × 1)
Gym exercises (60 min × 1)
Nordic walking (45 min × 1)
5 Fifteen days in-patient rehabilitation (3 + 5 + 3 days with active treatment) Rheumatologist, physician, PTs, OTs, SW, nurse Twice pr week Pool exercises (45 min × 1 or 2) PT (45 – 60 min × 5) Pool and gym exercising (as desired)
Hand exercises (45 min × 5) OT (as needed)
SW (as needed)
6 Two weeks in- patient rehabilitation (5 + 5 days with active treatment) Rheumatologists, nurse, PTs, OTs, occupational assistants, SWs, dietary supervisor, psychotherapist Twice pr week Pool exercises (30 min × 5) PT (30 min × 5) Pool and gym exercising (as desired)
  OT (30 min × 2)
Hand exercises (30 min × 5) SW (as needed)
PT (as needed)
Activity pacing (60 min × 1) Dietary supervisor (as needed)
Relaxation (15 min × 2)
Nordic walking (45 min × 2)
Gym exercises (45 min × 3)
  1. PT = physiotherapist, OT = occupational therapist, SW = social worker.