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Ferucci ED, Day GM, Choromanski TL
Outcomes and quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis with or without video telemedicine follow-up visits.
This study’s objective was to evaluate outcomes and quality of care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in patients seen by video telemedicine compared to in-person only. Individuals in the Alaska Tribal Health System who were diagnosed with RA were recruited when seeing a rheumatologist either in person or by video telemedicine. Participants completed a Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) questionnaire and a telephone medicine perception survey at the start of the survey. They also agreed to medical record review. The authors repeated the surveys by telephone and at 6 and 12 months, and medical record abstraction was performed at 12 months for quality measures. By the end of the 12-month period, about half of the 122 RA participants (52%) had ever used telemedicine for RA. Higher RAPID3 score and functional status were associated with the telemedicine group, with no statistically significant change over the 12-month period. The only quality measure that differed between the two groups at 12 months was the proportion of visits in which disease activity was documented, but it was not significantly after multivariate analysis.
Citation: Ferucci ED, Day GM, Choromanski TL . Outcomes and quality of care in rheumatoid arthritis with or without video telemedicine follow-up visits. Arthritis Care Res 2022 Mar;74(3):484-92. doi: 10.1002/acr.24485..
Keywords: Arthritis, Chronic Conditions, Telehealth, Health Information Technology (HIT), Quality of Care, Outcomes