Rheum4U, a web-based tool that integrates longitudinal clinical data capture of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity measures and patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs), highlights the benefits of such a tool for clinical care, quality improvement and research in the RA clinic. This according to a recent study that tested the feasibility, acceptability, and efficiency of Rheum4U among patients and healthcare providers. Rheum4U was developed in 2 phases: 1) design and development and 2) pilot testing. Researchers found:
- 110 RA patients, 9 rheumatologists, and 9 allied health providers participated in the pilot.
- Mean patient age was 53 years and 74% were female.
- The majority (86%) were satisfied or very satisfied with online data entry and 79% preferred it to paper entry.
- Healthcare providers found Rheum4U easy and clear to use (90%), and they perceived that it improved their job performance (91%).
- Completeness and easy availability of the patient information improved clinic efficiency.
Barber C, Sandhu N, Rankin J, et al. Rheum4U: Development and testing of a web-based tool for improving the quality of care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. [Published online ahead of print August 29, 2018]. Clin Exp Rheumatol.