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International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases ; 26(Supplement 1):92.0, 2023.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2227372


Background and Aim: Since the emergence of COVID-19, tele-rheumatology care has presented as an appealing alternative way for accessing health care. The efficacy of tele-care needs to be evaluated in our setting. This study aimed at assessing the agreement between the tele-visit and the face-to- face clinic-based visit. Methodology: We prospectively recruited patients with rheumatoid arthritis;who were following up in the out-patient department clinics between December 2021 and May 2022. Each patient underwent disease activity assessment by means of disease activity score 28-c- reactive protein (DAS28-CRP) and disease activity score28-erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR). Within two weeks from the face-to- face visit, we virtually assessed their disease activity, through a telephone-based interview, by applying Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) score, collecting data on demographics and inquiring about satisfaction with the tele-visit. Disease activity scores were categorized into remission or low disease activity, and moderate to high disease activity. Result(s): In our study, 78 patients were recruited and completed the two-points interview. A total of 62(79.49%) of the participants were female;mean age of 54.73 +/- 13.71 years. Seropositivity for rheumatoid factor and/or anti-citrullinated peptide was found in 51(83.61%) participants. 27% of patients with RAPID3 had remission or low disease activity. While this was 71% and 33% for DAS28-CRP and DAS28-ESR, respectively. Moderate to high disease activity percentage of 73%, 29% and 67% were found in RAPID3, DAS28-CRP and DAS28-ESR, respectively. Furthermore, the correlations of RAPID 3 were relatively moderate but significant with DAS28-CRP (r = 0.6, P-value < 0.001) and DAS28-ESR (r = 0.4, P-value = 0.001), respectively. Satisfaction rates with the tele-visit were at odds with other reported publications. Conclusion(s): Tele-rheumatology assessment of disease activity for patients with rheumatoid arthritis appears to be feasible in our setting. Further studies should aim at assessing patients' satisfaction and the recently implemented video-based tele-clinics.