Evidence: Rheumatology

We are enabling clinicians to monitor patient disease activity remotely and optimise their resources (clinician time, medication) to provide the most support for the patients most in need.

They can review patient data remotely in line with their pre-booked appointments and if there are no problems then simply send the clinic letter out to the patient (without needing to call them). Where patients have problems then clinicians can quickly contact them and take action.

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How Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis has helped clinics

Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis is helping clinicians to manage patients with high and unpredictable disease activity.

Patients are tracking flares more regularly and accurately than previously, and this is helpful in treatment decisions.

Feedback from a clinician

“I have found that the patients who use the app find it helpful to record their symptoms over time, and it speeds up history taking within clinic, allowing more time to focus on important management decisions.

Furthermore, using the app increases clinical information when providing telephone advice – to both patients and clinicians – and can help patients recall how things are going between disparately timed appointments.

The additional information gained about how a patient’s condition has been over time means we can tailor our treatments more accurately to the patient and their needs, within the same clinical timeframe, and allows the focus of the clinical consultation to be on management strategies and plans rather than on detailed history taking, which can be subject to recall bias itself.

The Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical interface is easy and intuitive to use, and shows clearly the patient experience of living with their inflammatory arthritis.

Inviting patients to use the platform is straightforward and requires minimal input of information; it is quick and can be undertaken easily within the clinic.

The internet portal interface means there is no requirement for lengthy or complex installation processes within NHS computer services, and facilitates remote secure access for working from multiple locations.”

Dr. Phil Hamann
Rheumatologist at Southmead Hospital, NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology at the University of Bristol, and Alan Turing Institute Fellow

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