Rheumatology outpatient nurse clinics: a valuable addition?

Denise Temmink, Jack B.F. Hutten, Anneke L. Francke, Johannes J. Rasker, Huda Huijer Abu-Saad

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    Abstract

    Objectives: Transmural rheumatology nurse clinics, where nursing care is provided under the joint responsibility of a home care organization and a hospital, were recently introduced into Dutch health care. This article gives insight into outcomes of the transmural rheumatology nurse clinics. - Methods: Patients with rheumatologic conditions who attended a transmural nurse clinic, in addition to receiving regular care, were compared with patients with rheumatologic conditions who received regular care only. The main outcome measures were the need for rheumatology-related information, the use of aids and adaptations, the use of health care services, and daily functioning. - Results: Attending a transmural nurse clinic does not influence patients' need for information, the application of practical aids and adaptations, or daily functioning. However, attending a transmural nurse clinic does result in more contacts with rheumatologists and occupational therapists. - Conclusions: Attending transmural nurse clinics does not result in major differences in outcomes compared with regular care. Further studies are needed to appreciate the long-term effects of transmural nurse clinics.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)280-286
    Number of pages7
    JournalArthritis care & research
    Volume45
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • IR-71756
    • METIS-201043
    • Outcomes
    • Transmural care
    • Patient education
    • Patients with rheumatologic conditions
    • Nurse clinics

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