A mobile app using therapeutic exercise and education for self-management in patients with hand rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized controlled trial protocol

This study aims to investigate the differences in self-management between a smartphone app (CareHand), using hand exercises and educational advices, compared with a standard approach, on hand overall function, pain intensity, stiffness, and grip and pinch strength in patients with hand RA.MethodsThe project is a prospective, longitudinal, superiority, randomized controlled trial. Fifty-eight participants with hand RA will be randomly assigned into an experimental group (CareHand app) or a control group (conventional treatment). Control intervention involves a paper sheet with exercises and recommendations, and the experimental group includes the use of a smartphone app, which provides individualized exercise programs, self-management, and educational strategies to promote adherence to treatment. Both intervention protocols will last for 3  months. The principal investigator will conduct an educational session at baseline for all participants. Primary outcome comprises the overall hand function, assessed with the Michigan Hand Outcome Questionnaire (MHQ). Secondary outcomes include self-reported functional ability with the Quick DAS H questionnaire, self-reported pain intensity and morning stiffness using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), and hand grip and pinch strength (dynamometer). Outcome measures will be collected at baseline, and at 1 month and 3-month follow-up.DiscussionThis study will evaluate the effectiveness of a tele-rehabilitation tool, which uses exe...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials

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Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Reumatismo - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Reumatismo Source Type: research
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Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
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Source: Current Drug Targets - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Curr Drug Targets Source Type: research
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Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Arthritis Complementary and alternative medicine Drugs and Supplements Marijuana Pain Management Source Type: blogs
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