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AB1415 Telephonic rheumatologist nurse consulting: 1 year time experience
  1. M.J. Sáiz,
  2. J.I. Cortés,
  3. M.F. Marilla,
  4. I.D.L.M. Barrio,
  5. C.M.F. Olmos,
  6. D.Y. García,
  7. E.V. Pascual,
  8. M.R. Villarino,
  9. A.M. Ferrer,
  10. J.J.A. Sancho,
  11. V.C. Tarin
  1. Hospital Doctor Peset, Valencia, Spain


Background In January 2011, at our centre, we started a Rheumatology nurse-led telephone clinic, in order to monitor drugs toxicity and evolution of disease in patients with good disease control and on stable treatment.

Objectives To describe the nurse-led telephone clinic activity in a Rheumatology Service, and its influence on the decrease of welfare load and safety of drugs management.

Methods Descriptive retrospective study, collecting the nurse-led telephonic clinic between January 27th and December 30th 2011. This clinic was performed 3 days a week by one nurse with a computer with access to the clinical history and laboratory results, and an external telephone. The protocolized data collected included: duration of the call, necessity of doctor involvement and doctor visit, drug monitoring and diagnosis.

Results A total of 978 telephone consultations were carried out for 414 patients. The diagnosis distribution was Rheumatoid Arthritis 45.2% (187), Osteoporosis 18.6% (77), Psoriatic Arthritis 13.1% (54), Ankylosing Spondylitis 9.7% (40), other Spondyloarthropaties 7.7% (32), Paget Disease 1.4% (6), SLE 1.2% (5), Polymyalgia Rheumatica 1.2% (5), and others 1.9% (8). The distribution of monitored drugs was Methotrexate 61% (597), Zoledronic Acid 14.7% (144), Leflunomide 10% (97), Sulfasalazine 5.9% (58), and others 15% (147). The duration of calls was fewer than 10 minutes in 91.5% (895) of the cases. Only in 8.7% (85) was consultation with a doctor necessary, with a doctor’s visit required in 30% (25) of them. In regards to inflammatory systemic diseases, this strategy allows saving 834 visits with a doctor.

Conclusions Creating a nurse-led telephone clinic in Rheumatology allows the avoidance of unnecessary hospital visits, benefiting both patients and doctors.

Disclosure of Interest None Declared

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