British research indicates that patient education appears to play a significant role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor modification in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. An 8-week cognitive behavioral patient education intervention was associated with significantly higher CVD knowledge scores when compared with provision of information leaflets. The intervention improved behavioral intentions to increase exercise, eat a low-fat diet, and lose weight. It also correlated with lower average diastolic blood pressure.

Abstract: Rheumatology, January 1, 2013.