Purpose: To compare a nurse-led clinic including person-centered care and tight control with "care as usual" in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and moderate/ high disease activity.

Project description: Study population: Patients with RA, 18-80 yrs old, with moderate/ high Disease Activity Score of 28 joints (DAS28 > 3.8) and disease duration > 2 yrs in a 6-month randomized controlled study with a 6 month open follow-up. Intervention group (N=60): Nurse-led visits every 6th week, with structured person-centered care and evaluation of disease activity. If disease remission is not reached, pharmacological treatment including both short-term (intra-articular and oral steroids) and long-term alterations (DMARDs and biologics) is modified according to a predefined algorithm. The control group (N=60) is treated according to "care as usual" with visits to physician every 6th month. Outcome measures: Primary outcome measure is change in Diseases Activity Score (DAS). Secondary outcomes are quality of life, self-efficacy, disability, emotional well-being, pain, fatigue, sleep and satisfaction.

Read more: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02019901?cond=%22Arthritis%22&lup_s=01/29/2014&lup_d=30