Nurse-led Clinic for Patients With Rheumatic Diseases and Biological Treatment

2014-08-27 03:15:49 | BioPortfolio


Randomized controlled trial including 100 subjects with rheumatic diseases and biological treatment with a 28 point-Disease Activity Score(DAS28)3.2 or less. The subjects will be randomized to either nurse-led clinic or rheumatologist-led clinic. The hypothesis is that there will be no difference in DAS28 between the two groups after 1 year follow-up.


Aim To compare nurse-led clinic and rheumatologist-led clinic regarding results of treatment, and health economic costs.

Intervention Rheumatologist-led clinic: The subjects are seeing a rheumatologist after six months and after 12-months of intervention and have the possibility to contact the rheumatology clinic.

Nurse-led clinic: The subjects are seeing a rheumatology nurse after six months and a rheumatologist after 12 months of intervention and have the possibility to contact the rheumatology nurse during the intervention.

Outcome measures:

Main outcome: DAS28 and costs for the clinics respectively.

Secondary outcome: HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire), VAS-pain (Visual Analog Scale), VAS-global health, VAS-satisfaction, VAS-security/trust, Tender joints, swollen joints, Quality of life-EQ5D, Effective consumer survey 17, Inflammatory parameters in blood.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care


Rheumatic Diseases


Nurse-led clinic vs rheumatologist-led clinic


Spenshult Hospital




Spenshult Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:15:49-0400

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