Randomized Controlled Trial
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World J Clin Cases. Oct 6, 2021; 9(28): 8413-8424
Published online Oct 6, 2021. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v9.i28.8413
Effect of family caregiver nursing education on patients with rheumatoid arthritis and its impact factors: A randomized controlled trial
Jing Li, Ying Zhang, Ya-Juan Kang, Nan Ma
Jing Li, Ying Zhang, Ya-Juan Kang, Nan Ma, Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050051, Hebei Province, China
Author contributions: All authors made substantial contributions; Li J and Zhang Y designed the study; Zhang Y, Kang YJ and Ma N conducted the intervention and collected the data; all authors were involved in the data analysis; Li J and Zhang Y drafted the article; Kang YJ and Ma N revised it critically; All authors agreed to the content of the manuscript and approved the final version for submission.
Supported by Key Project of Medical-Science Research of Hebei Province, No. 20180432.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University Institutional Review Board (No. 2016-KY1086).
Clinical trial registration statement: Not applicable.
Informed consent statement: All study participants, or their legal guardian, provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
Data sharing statement: Technical appendix, statistical code and dataset available from the corresponding author at jinglijingli0311@163.com. Participants gave informed consent for data sharing.
CONSORT 2010 statement: The authors have read the CONSORT 2010 statement, and the manuscript was prepared and revised according to the CONSORT 2010 statement.
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Corresponding author: Jing Li, RN, Nurse, Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, The Third Hospital of Hebei Medical University, No. 139 Ziqiang Road, Shijiazhuang 050051, Hebei Province, China. jinglijingli0311@163.com
Received: March 22, 2021
Peer-review started: March 22, 2021
First decision: May 11, 2021
Revised: May 12, 2021
Accepted: August 16, 2021
Article in press: August 16, 2021
Published online: October 6, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: Education for family caregivers is considered a workable and effective intervention, but the validity of this intervention in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has not been reported. Therefore, we designed a health education program called family caregiver nursing education, a series of professional training courses for family caregivers that focused on care techniques of RA patients and main points of RA-related knowledge. We chose a total of nine characteristic indicators in terms of inflammation level, disease activity and mood disorder for a 6 mo intervention and follow-up to assess the effect of family caregiver nursing education on RA in multiple ways.