Results of a longitudinal study show that psychosocial intervention is as essential as medical, dietary, or exercise therapy in the successful long-term treatment of osteoporosis, a degenerative bone disorder characterized by accelerated bone loss.
The study involved 103 osteoporosis patients, all of whom received standard drug therapy, diet modification, and a recommended exercise plan. Of these patients, 50 also received counseling from a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals; a control group consisting of the remaining 53 patients did not receive psychosocial intervention. The study found that patients receiving psychosocial intervention showed significant improvements in depression, mental health, compliance with therapy, and overall functioning as compared with control group patients.
These findings are important because, along with the debilitating physical limitation and pain associated with osteoporosis, patients often experience feelings of severe depression, hopelessness, and low self-esteem.
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