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Patients' self-assessments via Tablet PC in routine patient care: comparison to standardized paper questionnaires
  1. Jutta G. Richter (richter{at}rheumanet.org)
  1. Rheumatology, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
    1. Arnd Becker (arnd.becker{at}og.ortenau-klinikum.de)
    1. Medical Clinic Gengenbach; Klinikum Offenburg-Gengenbach, Gengenbach, Germany
      1. Tobias Koch (kochtob{at}uni-duesseldorf.de)
      1. Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
        1. Mirco Nixdorf
        1. Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
          1. Reinhart Willers
          1. Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
            1. Robert Monser
            1. Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany
              1. Ben Schacher
              1. Rheumatology, Schlosspark-Klinik, Berlin, Germany
                1. Rieke Alten
                1. Rheumatology, Schlosspark-Klinik, Berlin, Germany
                  1. Christof Specker
                  1. Department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, Kliniken Essen-Sued, Germany
                    1. Matthias Schneider
                    1. Rheumatology, Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf, Germany

                      Abstract

                      Objective: We evaluated the feasibility of electronic data capture of self-administered patient questionnaires via Tablet PC for integration in routine patient management and compared these data with results received from corresponding paper-pencil versions.

                      Methods: Standardized patient questionnaires (FFbH/HAQ, BASDAI, SF-36) were implemented in our documentation software. 153 outpatients (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthritis) completed sets of questionnaires as paper-pencil and electronic versions using a Tablet PC. Quality and validity of mobile obtained data and the capability of disabled patients to handle a Tablet PC were assigned, patients’ experiences, preferences and computer/internet use assessed.

                      Results: Scores obtained by direct data entry on the Tablet PC did not differ from the scores obtained by the paper-pencil questionnaires in the complete group and disease subgroups. No major difficulties using the Tablet PC occurred. 62.1% preferred remote data entry in the future. 7 (=4.6%) patients felt uncomfortable with the Tablet PC due to their rheumatic disease.

                      Conclusion: Self-administered questionnaires via Tablet PC are a facile and capable option in patients with rheumatic diseases to monitor disease activity, efficacy, and safety assessments continuously. Tablet PC application offers directly available data for clinical decision-making, improves quality of care by effective patient monitoring, and contributes to patients’ empowerment.

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