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Table 1 Pooled effect sizes from published meta-analyses evaluating self-management programs for arthritis

From: Can a disease-specific education program augment self-management skills and improve Health-Related Quality of Life in people with hip or knee osteoarthritis?

Outcome Meta-analysis Number of studies Pooled effect size (95%CI) Interpretation
Pain Warsi et al 2003 [7] 16 0.12 (0.00 to 0.24) No effect
  Warsi et al 2004 [8] 16 0.12 (0.00 to 0.24) No effect
  Chodosh et al 2005 [9] 14 -0.06 (-0.10 to -0.02) Small effect, favours intervention group
Disability Warsi et al 2003 [7] 12 0.07 (0.00 to 0.15) No effect
  Warsi et al 2004 [8] 12 0.07 (0.00 to 0.15) No effect
  Chodosh et al 2005 [9] 12 -0.06 (-0.10 to -0.02) Small effect, favours intervention group
Physical outcomes* Devos-Comby et al 2006 [10] 12 0.09 (-0.01 to 0.19) No effect
Psychological outcomes Devos-Comby et al 2006 [10] 9 0.20 (0.08 to 0.33) Small effect, favours intervention group
Impairment# Devos-Comby et al 2006 [10] 3 0.04 (-0.25 to 0.34) No effect
  1. *Includes measures of pain, disability, physical functioning, arthritis impact and mobility [10]
  2. Includes measures of psychological disability, mental functioning, self-efficacy and depressive symptoms [10]
  3. #Includes physiological measures and performance tests [10]