Background Osteoarthritis (OA) is a frequent chronic musculoskeletal disorder. Patient education is a recommended core treatment, and telephone follow-up has been suggested to improve adherence.
Objectives To examine the effect of a reminder telephone call on health status 4 months after an outpatient visit for patients with hand, hip, knee or generalized OA.
Methods Patients with clinical OA had attended an integrated outpatient OA clinic and half of them an additional 3.5h multidisciplinary group based intervention. After 4 months, all patients were randomized to a 10 minutes telephone follow-up, or no such follow-up. Outcomes included pain, fatigue, and stiffness (NRS, 0-10), Western Ontario and McMaster- (WOMAC) (0-30, 0 is best) and Australian/Canadian (AUSCAN) (0-10, 0 is best) hand- (0-10, 0 is best) osteoarthritis indexes. Group differences were examined by mixed model analyses with random intercept, adjusted for baseline values.
Results Of 390 patients, 86.4% (n=337) were women, and mean age (SD) was 63.1 (8.0) years. There were no significant differences in patient reported health status between the groups at 12 months followup.
Conclusions A single telephone call follow-up at 4 month after a visit to an OA outpatient clinic did not impact patient reported health outcomes at 12 months.
Disclosure of Interest None declared