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AB1213-HPR Nurse Sensitive Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – a Systematic Literature Review

Kelly, A.; McKee, G.; van Eijk-Hustings, Yvonne; Ndosi, Mwidimi; O'Sullivan, D.; Menzies, V.; Carter, S.; Richards, P.; Minnock, P.


A. Kelly

G. McKee

Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings

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Dr Mwidimi Ndosi
Associate Professor in Nursing Rheumatology

D. O'Sullivan

V. Menzies

S. Carter

P. Richards

P. Minnock


Background Rheumatology nursing is a practice specialty and contributes significantly to the management of patients with rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases (1, 2). Rheumatology nursing role development follows a worldwide tendency among healthcare practitioners to provide a more proactive, evidence-based and patient-preference-based care. EULAR recommendations have highlighted the need for further research about the contribution of rheumatology nursing to patient outcome in order to strengthen research results. A core set of relevant patient outcomes should be defined and nursing domains, roles and interventions should be clarified (3).

Objectives To identify patient outcomes and measures which were sensitive to nurse interventions in patients with RA.

Methods A systematic literature review (SLR) was conducted using standard recognised databases: PUBMED, CINAHL, Ovid Nursing, PSYCHinfo, The COCHRANE Library. Inclusion criteria were: RA, Age >18years, Nurse. Relevant papers were selected independently by pairs of international reviewers including patient research partners and reviewed using Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) criteria.

Results Of the 749 papers identified, 8 were included in this review: 5 randomised controlled trials and 3 longitudinal observational studies. Identified rheumatology nursing interventions included: clinical assessment of disease activity, pain and symptom management, patient education on disease process and medication management, drug safety monitoring, medication changes and consultation/referrals to other health professionals.

Outcome measures identified included: Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale, Health Assessment Questionnaire, Leeds Satisfaction Questionnaire, fatigue, early morning stiffness duration, six American College of Rheumatology core outcome measures (excluding radiographic progression), the composite Disease Activity Score, RAND-36 health survey, McMaster Toronto Arthritis Patient Preference Disability Questionnaire (MACTAR), RA Quality of Life Questionnaire, SF-36, Patient Knowledge Questionnaire. Also recorded were grip strength, walk test, changes in drug therapy and number of consultation with/referrals to health professions

Conclusions The SLR identified relevant interventions and outcomes. To identify a core set of nurse sensitive outcomes in RA further exploration of patients' and health professionals' opinions are needed.


Kelly, A., McKee, G., van Eijk-Hustings, Y., Ndosi, M., O'Sullivan, D., Menzies, V., …Minnock, P. (2015). AB1213-HPR Nurse Sensitive Outcomes in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) – a Systematic Literature Review. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 74(Suppl), 1340.2-1340.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 4, 2015
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Print ISSN 0003-4967
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 74
Issue Suppl
Pages 1340.2-1340
Keywords nursing, rheumatoid arthritis, systematic review
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