Patients’ and clinicians’ perspectives on the clinical utility of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foot Disease Activity Index

Anika Hoque*, Martijn Steultjens, Diane M. Dickson, Gordon J. Hendry

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Abstract

Although patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are recommended in clinical practice, their application in routine care is limited. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Foot Disease Activity Index (RADAI-F5) is a validated PROM for assessing foot disease in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To explore patient and clinician opinions and perceptions of the clinical utility of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foot Disease Activity Index (RADAI-F5), eight RA patients and eight clinicians routinely involved in the management of RA patients participated in one semi-structured remote video-based interview. They provided their perspectives on the barriers and facilitators to clinical implementation of the RADAI-F5. Three global themes were identified; 'Feet are a priority' as the impact of RA on the feet negatively impacted upon patient quality of life. The second theme was 'Need for a clinically feasible foot PROM' as participants recognised the current lack of a clinically feasible tool to determine RA foot disease. The third global theme of ‘Implementation’ was drawn together to form two subordinate themes: ‘Facilitators to RADAI-F5 implementation’ as the tool can promote communication, guide management, help screen foot symptoms, monitor foot disease status and treatments, and promote patient education and; ‘Barriers to RADAI-F5 implementation’ as there were associated practical difficulties, including lack of appointment time, administrative burdens, IT barriers and preference for further RADAI-F5 validation using imaging. The RADAI-F5 has significant potential as a clinical tool to aid foot disease management. However, implementation challenges must be overcome before broad adoption in rheumatology clinics.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalRheumatology International
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2022

Keywords

  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • foot
  • patient-reported outcome
  • qualitative research
  • rheumatoid Arthritis Foot Disease Activity Index (RADAI-F5)
  • observational study
  • patient perspective
  • clinician perspective

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