APART Advanced Profiling of Anti-Rheumatic Therapies
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the utility of an electronic data capture system (EDCS) in a rheumatology clinical practice setting and to assess the impact of this system on patient satisfaction with patient-physician interaction.
Procedure: Use of an Electronic Data Capture System by patients and physicians to assess patient-physician interactions & therapeutic decisions & outcomes in RA subjects.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
|Official Title:||A Multicenter, Randomized, Open Study to Evaluate the Impact of an Electronic Data Capture System on the Care of Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis|
- Primary endpoints for the Health Tracker-user group are the change in the patient satisfaction and patient-physician interaction surveys between the pre- and post-randomization phases.
- Changes between the pre- and post-randomization phases in the following clinical evaluations: HAQ scores, SF-12 scores, Patient assessed painful and/or swollen joint counts, Health care professional assessed tender and swollen joint counts
|Study Start Date:||January 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2005|
This is a randomized, multicenter observational study to assess the impact of the EDCS in a rheumatology clinical practice setting on patient satisfaction with patient-physician communication using the Health Tracker electronic data capture system . Patients will be randomly assigned in a 2:1 ratio to the Health Tracker-user or non-user groups, respectively. The primary outcomes of this study will be the impact that information gathered and analyzed by an electronic data capture system has on patient satisfaction with arthritis care and patient physician interactions in clinical practice. Patient satisfaction will be assessed using a questionnaire developed specifically for this study.
This study does not involve the use of any investigational drugs, and the protocol does not mandate the treatment regimen patients will receive. Physicians will prescribe antirheumatic medications in accordance with usual clinical practice. The planned duration of subject participation is 12 months