Posted on 28 Jan 2021
We have launched a set of brand new, expert-led courses in our My Arthritis app that aim to support those living with inflammatory arthritis.
These courses were developed in collaboration with specialists at King’s College Hospital and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), as well as those living with inflammatory arthritis themselves. Much like the content in our My IBD Care app, these courses were made specifically to help you improve your habits and live a healthier, happier life. We thought it would be helpful to tell you more about the courses that are now available and how they can be an extremely useful tool for you to use in your everyday life.
Let’s get started!
We have released three two-week courses, along with a collection of over 35 singles! Our singles are a collection of short expert-led information and activity-based videos, that you can access quickly whenever you need to.
Our two-week courses fall within three categories, including:
- General Wellbeing
- Living with Symptoms
These courses have been designed to not only provide accurate, useful and validated information, but to act as tools for you to improve your own health and wellbeing, and ability to self-manage your condition with confidence. They are useful resources for those in any stage of their arthritis journey. For those who are newly diagnosed, our courses can help you learn more about how lifestyle and wellbeing management can complement your new treatment plan. For those who have had their diagnosis for a while, our courses can help you find new ways to stay healthy whether you’re in remission or in flare.
All of these courses are flexible, so you can start, pause, and pick them back up as you please, as we understand that we all need a break sometimes!
Our General Wellbeing course covers many topics that have a direct impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, the course explores the relationship between your stress and inflammation, as well as how to improve your wellbeing through exercise, sleep, diet and in your work life. It also covers how to prepare for future challenges that may arise and introduces Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques as useful strategies to help manage your emotional and mental health. The course covers other topics as well and as a whole aims to improve your overall wellbeing and help you make changes in your everyday life to do so.
How this course can improve your general wellbeing
The General Wellbeing course was developed as your inflammatory arthritis and psychological wellbeing are very closely linked, and therefore anything that impacts us physically is bound to impact us mentally/emotionally. During this course, you will explore how you can promote and maintain good mental health, wellbeing and general happiness.
Our Medication Adherence course covers various topics to help you optimise your medication adherence, health and general wellbeing. In this course, you will learn about the importance of tracking your medication, your relationship with medication and what you can achieve through improving your adherence! This course will help you stay on top of your medication and emphasise the importance of doing so.
How this course can improve your medication adherence
This course was developed because of the very close link that exists between your inflammatory arthritis disease activity and your medication adherence. Medication helps bring your condition into remission and helps to maintain these changes. During this course, you will be able to explore different techniques that you can use to help you form strong habits that help you remember to take your medication.
Living with Symptoms (ACT)
Our symptoms-focused course is based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), aimed to help you cope with chronic symptoms. If you feel like you have tried many things to improve your life with your inflammatory condition without success, this course and the topics covered will help you. You will get an introduction to ACT for inflammatory arthritis, have the chance to reflect on your current management of your symptoms and set up a values compass for your management moving forward. A big part of this course will be focused on goal setting, helping you plot a path to success.
How this course can help you live with symptoms
This course was developed as coping with symptoms is a major issue that many people face. As chronic pain and fatigue can heavily impact our wellbeing, it can feel really difficult to cope with. Studies have shown that on average, ACT can improve people’s daily functioning and mood when they have chronic pain. 6 months after ACT treatment, some improvements have shown to be maintained and evidence has also shown it can be helpful in reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms.
Hear from one of our users…
Meet the Experts Behind our New Digital Therapeutics
Our new in-app content was developed with a team of leading experts.
Here is an overview of the experts behind our Arthritis-based courses, in case you want to know a little bit more about them!
Dr. Yeliz Prior
Dr. Prior is a clinical therapist and researcher specialising in behaviour change interventions for the management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. She was diagnosed with arthritis at an early age and is trained in Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy approaches.
Dr. Whitney Scott
Dr. Scott is a clinical psychologist who has spent over 12 years working to understand chronic pain and its management. For the last 6 years, she has been conducting research into ACT and using it to improve the lives of people with pain and fatigues.
Dr. Jonathan Marks
Dr. Marks is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals. He has a specific interest in digital care for those with inflammatory arthritis.
Alison Kent has been a Rheumatology Specialist Nurse for over 25 years and is also a trained Health Coach. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis and is committed to helping others improve their quality of life and self management of their condition.
Want to hear from the experts themselves? Check out this video to hear about the courses from Yeliz Prior.
We hope that our Lifestyle & Wellbeing courses help you in your inflammatory arthritis journey.
Unsure on how to access the courses?
Follow these steps!
- Download the My Arthritis app from either the App Store or Google Play Store.
- Register or if you already have, log in!
- Click on ‘Courses’ on the bottom navigation bar on your app.
- Choose from our courses and singles and start a course!
Want a visual walkthrough? Watch our video and learn all about the app and its different features (including how to access the courses!)
Get in touch
Keep a look out for future courses to be added – there is so much more to come!
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you may have, or if you want to share your experience with our users and followers!