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Publication : Rheumatology international

Smartphone application for rheumatoid arthritis self-management: cross-sectional study revealed the usefulness, willingness to use and patients’ needs.

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Rheumatology international - 01 Oct 2015

Azevedo R, Bernardes M, Fonseca J, Lima A,

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 25903352

Link to DOI – 10.1007/s00296-015-3270-9

Rheumatol Int 2015 Oct; 35(10): 1675-85

Patient-centered smartphone applications have potential to support rheumatoid arthritis (RA) self-management but remain almost unexplored in literature. Therefore, this study evaluated the usefulness of a smartphone application to support RA self-management, the willingness of RA patients to use and pay for it and the features the application should have. In this cross-sectional study, a questionnaire was developed to collect information on population, device ownership, usefulness and willingness to use and pay for a RA self-management application and application features. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square, Fisher’s exact test, t test or Mann-Whitney’s test and multivariate analysis were used. One hundred RA patients answered the questionnaire. Patients’ mean age was 57 ± 11.9 years, most were females (91 %), with multiple drug regimens and a 40 % treatment non-compliance rate. Most patients believed that could have a more active role in self-management (94 %) and reported it would be useful to develop a RA self-management application (86 %). Patients willing to use an application (83 %) were younger, with a possible more active role in self-management, with access to a smartphone, and using short message service, electronic mail and Internet. Multivariate analysis confirmed these results, except the associations regarding access to a smartphone and use of electronic mail and Internet. Fifty-eight patients (82 %) were willing to pay for a RA self-management application and the most requested feature for it was information in a simple format. This study suggested the usefulness and patients’ willingness to use and pay for a RA self-management application and provided insight on patients’ needs.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25903352