远距照护教育干预对类风湿性关节炎患者用药依从性和疾病活动性影响的随机对照试验

Translated title of the contribution: A randomized controlled trial of the Effects of a telehealth educational intervention on medication adherence and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients

Yuqing Song, Elizabeth Reifsnider, Shangping Zhao, Xia Xie, Hong Chen

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Abstract

Aims: To examine the effects of a tailored telehealth educational intervention on medication adherence and disease activity in discharged patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Design: An un-blinded randomized controlled trial. Methods: A total of 92 eligible patients were recruited from January 2015–December 2015. Participants were randomly assigned to either the intervention (N = 46) or control group (N = 46). The intervention group received four educational sessions delivered through a telephone across a 12-week intervention. The content of the education mainly included: subject's knowledge about disease; treatment goals; the importance of taking medication correctly; side effect management; remembering to take medication. The control group received only standard care including discharge instructions. Outcome measures included medication adherence and disease activity. Results: The intervention group had significantly higher medication adherence compared with the control group at 12th and 24th week. There was no significant difference between two groups in disease activity at 12th and 24th week. Conclusions: The telephone-delivered tailored educational intervention effectively improved medication adherence among discharged patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, no significant benefits of the intervention on disease activity were detected. Impact: Good medication adherence in rheumatoid arthritis patients contributes to controlling symptom and inflammation, preventing the progressive structural damage. This study demonstrated that the telehealth educational intervention could improve patients' medication adherence but did not have a direct impact on clinical condition in the short-term. The intervention for discharged patients with rheumatoid arthritis can be integrated into the clinical setting by the nursing staff as follow-up care. Trial registration number: ChiCTR-IPR-14005722.

Translated title of the contributionA randomized controlled trial of the Effects of a telehealth educational intervention on medication adherence and disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients
Original languageChinese
Pages (from-to)1172-1181
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of advanced nursing
Volume76
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Keywords

  • medication adherence
  • nursing
  • patient education
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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