Skip to main content
Top
Published in: Rheumatology International 9/2022

Open Access 21-10-2021 | Rheumatoid Arthritis | Observational Research

Monitoring of rheumatoid arthritis: a patient survey on disease insight and possible added value of an innovative inflammation monitoring device

Authors: Ria Wolkorte, Lieke Heesink, Michelle M. A. Kip, Hendrik Koffijberg, Monique Tabak, Christiane Grünloh

Published in: Rheumatology International | Issue 9/2022

Login to get access

Abstract

To enable patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their healthcare professionals to choose the optimal treatment, it is crucial to accurately assess the current state of inflammatory activity. The objectives of this study were to (1) investigate the perspective of RA patients on their insight into the current status of their disease, and to (2) investigate the patients’ perspective on the possible added value of a monitoring device based on optical spectral transmission—called the HandScan—that measures the location and severity of joint inflammation. A survey was distributed online among patients with RA in the Netherlands. Four-hundred and eight patients with RA completed the survey. Of these, 298 (73%) felt they have sufficient insight into their current disease status. Most respondents perceived either a large (n = 242; 59%) or small (n = 148; 36%) added value of the HandScan in their monitoring process, mostly because the device provides additional knowledge on the presence of inflammation. This perceived added value was higher for respondents experienced with the device (n = 46; p = .04). Respondents preferred monitoring with the device on every (n = 192; 47%) or most (n = 171; 42%) visits to the outpatient clinic, or even more often than on every visit (n = 17; 4%). Monitoring RA using an optical spectral transmission device is seen by patients as a possibly valuable addition to the monitoring process of inflammatory activity during visits to an outpatient clinic. Their main reason was that the device can increase insight into their current disease status. More insight may support patients in discussing treatment options with their rheumatologist.
Appendix
Available only for authorised users
Literature
7.
17.
go back to reference Rogers EM (1995) Diffusion of Innovations, 4th edn. The Free Press, New York Rogers EM (1995) Diffusion of Innovations, 4th edn. The Free Press, New York
Metadata
Title
Monitoring of rheumatoid arthritis: a patient survey on disease insight and possible added value of an innovative inflammation monitoring device
Authors
Ria Wolkorte
Lieke Heesink
Michelle M. A. Kip
Hendrik Koffijberg
Monique Tabak
Christiane Grünloh
Publication date
21-10-2021
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Published in
Rheumatology International / Issue 9/2022
Print ISSN: 0172-8172
Electronic ISSN: 1437-160X
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-021-05026-8

Other articles of this Issue 9/2022

Rheumatology International 9/2022 Go to the issue