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Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a clinical and economic assessment

Creator:

Kennedy, Norelee; Stokes, Emma; O'Shea, Eamon; Murphy, Thomas Brendan; Bresnihan, Barry; Fitzgerald, Oliver;

Institution: Informa Healthcare
Subject Keywords: rheumatoid arthritis; rehabilitation; inpatient; outpatient; costs;
Set: Chronic Conditions
Conditions
Arthritis
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Article
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

The aim of this study was to compare
inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for
patients with active rheumatoid arthritis
from clinical and cost perspectives.
A single-centre, randomised trial design
was used. Data were completed at
baseline, post treatment and at 6 months
follow-up. The primary outcome was
the Arthritis Impact Measurement
Scale 2. Several other disease activity,
functional and quality of life measures
were also assessed (erythrocyte
sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein,
visual analogue scale for pain, early
morning stiffness, tender and swollen
joint count, grip strength, timed
‘Up and Go’ test and Schedule for the
Evaluation of the Individual Quality
of Life—Direct Weighting). All direct and
indirect costs were measured. A total of
47 subjects were randomised to the study.
No sustained signifi cant differences were
detected between the two groups for the
primary or secondary measures at the
end of treatment or at follow-up. Total
inpatient costs (€81,590) were more than
three times higher than total outpatient
costs (€25,450).

Suggested citation:

Kennedy, Norelee; Stokes, Emma; O'Shea, Eamon; Murphy, Thomas Brendan; Bresnihan, Barry; Fitzgerald, Oliver; . () Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation for patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a clinical and economic assessment [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/666704 [Accessed: 23rd September 2017].

  

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