Patient-initiated care supported with smartphone self-monitoring is noninferior to usual look after arthritis rheumatoid (RA) in patients with stable low disease activity, in accordance with a report published online July 11 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Bart Seppen, M.D., from Reade Rheumatology in Amsterdam, and colleagues assessed the safety and efficacy of a smartphone app for patients with RA, that allows them to self-monitor their disease activity among clinic visits. The analysis included 102 patients randomly assigned to either app-supported patient-initiated care with a scheduled follow-up consultation following a year (app group) or usual care.
The researchers discovered that following a year, noninferiority of the condition activity score 28 (DAS-28) was established with the mean DAS-28 between your groups within the noninferiority limit: 0.04 and only the app group (95 percent confidence interval, 0.39 to 0.30). In the app group, the amount of rheumatologist consultations was significantly lower (visit ratio: 0.62; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.47 to 0.81).
“Our results show that [it] can be done to optimize RA healthcare delivery by letting patients initiate consultations and self-monitor their disease,” the authors write. “Our intervention strategy may decrease the workforce that’s needed per RA patient and may therefore decrease healthcare costs per patient, which is evaluated in another analysis.”
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