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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Monday September 16, 2002 - The St. Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association will later this month host an Arthritis Self-Management course, which will aim to provide training for health care personnel and association members with Arthritis and related conditions.

According to Eyonthe Husbands, treasurer of the St.Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association:

“The purpose of this workshop is to train a core group of leaders from among our health care professionals and Association members with arthritis related conditions. The leaders will set up and sustain an arthritis self – help course islandwide and this training will take four days. It will be held from September 23 -26 at the Benedictine Monastery at Coubaril.”.

The sessions will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This initiative will bring together participants and resource persons from the region and the US. Among them will be two key facilitators from Stanford University says Husbands.

“ Those two trainers are Associate Professors at Stanford Patient Education Research Centre and the Programme has been systematically evaluated at Stanford and their expertise are really to try and form training programmes for people with arthritis in order that they manage their own health care.”

The Arthritis Self Management Programme will be targeted at mainly health care professionals including medical doctors and including eleven (11) community health care nurses, members of the Association and patients.

The Association posits that the programme will fulfil one of its main objectives, which is to educate and guide patients and interested persons, in order to empower them with knowledge that would lessen their fear and help them manage their lives more positively.


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