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Psoriasis and Climate Therapy (completed)

Effect of motivational follow-up calls on clinical and health economic parameters

Patients get a counseling intervention by phone, after attending 3 weeks of supervised climate therapy on the Canary Islands.

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About the project

This study is a randomized controlled trial using motivational telephone interviewing. The counseling intervention comprises 6 telephone calls during a 12 week period, after attending 3 weeks of supervised climate therapy on the Canary Islands.

Objectives

The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical and health economic parameters in relation to individual motivational counseling by phone.

Background

A chronic condition such as psoriasis requires a high level of self-management and for many patients this requires behaviour change to improve health outcomes. Changing behaviour is a challenge that requires a commitment by the patient to implement changes successfully. Motivational interviewing is a patient centered directive counseling technique that focuses on assisting patients to identify their problems and involves exploring ambivalence in an empathic manner. It is a well-known method of counseling, and is considered to be a useful intervention strategy in the treatment of lifestyle problems.

Financing

University of Oslo.

Cooperation

The study is in cooperation with Section for Climate therapy, Oslo University Hospital

Start - Finish

1.10.2010 – 1.08.2014

Published Mar. 27, 2011 6:00 PM - Last modified May 31, 2016 1:42 PM

Contact

Project leader:

Astrid Klopstad Wahl