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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other inflammatory joint disorders (IJD) have increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk compared with the general population. In 2009, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) taskforce recommended screening, identification of CVD risk factors and CVD risk management largely based on expert opinion. In(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare patient outcomes of three regimes of follow-up care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) outpatients with low disease activity. METHODS RA outpatients (n=287) with Disease Activity Score (DAS28-CRP)<3.2 and Health Assessment Questionnaire<2.5 from two Danish rheumatology clinics were randomised to 2-year follow-up by either: (1) planned(More)
OBJECTIVES The task force aimed to: (1) develop evidence-based recommendations for patient education (PE) for people with inflammatory arthritis, (2) identify the need for further research on PE and (3) determine health professionals' educational needs in order to provide evidence-based PE. METHODS A multidisciplinary task force, representing 10 European(More)
OBJECTIVES The authors aim to develop European League Against Rheumatism recommendations for the role of the nurse in the management of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis, to identify a research agenda and to determine an educational agenda. METHODS A task force made up of a multidisciplinary expert panel including nurses, rheumatologists,(More)
AIM To investigate risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and estimate the risk of cardiovascular death in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in accordance with EULAR recommendations. MATERIALS AND METHODS Outpatients with RA ≤85 years of age from a Danish hospital were invited to participate. Patients' risk of cardiovascular(More)
BACKGROUND A Danish study compared three different outpatient settings for persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). All participants completed a short course before random allocation to one of three groups. A third of the patients continued with planned medical consultations. A third was allocated to a shared care setting with no planned consultations. The(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the impact from different types of outpatient care, demographic and disease related variables on self-efficacy beliefs (SE) in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after completing an educational program. METHODS 287 adult RA outpatients with low disease activity and moderate physical disability from two Danish(More)
BACKGROUND Studies have demonstrated a positive impact of patient education on self-efficacy in persons with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, the relationship between self-efficacy, physical disease-related variables and educational interventions has not yet been reviewed. AIM The aims of this study, in relation to persons with RA, were: 1) to provide(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the cost-effectiveness of three types of follow-up for outpatients with stable low-activity rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHOD In total, 287 patients were randomized to either planned rheumatologist consultations, shared care without planned consultations, or planned nurse consultations. Effectiveness measures included disease(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to explore how everyday life is affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), in order to inform patient education and clinical practice and generate further research. METHODS Six focus group interviews were conducted with, in total, 32 participants. Interview data were analysed using content analysis methods. RESULTS The study(More)