The Drug Information Center Arthritis Project

Providing patients with interactive and reliable arthritis internet education

Nicole T. Ansani, Bethony A. Fedutes-Henderson, Robert J. Weber, Randall Smith, Jennine Dean, Molly Vogt, Kenneth Gold, Chian K Kwoh, Thaddeus Osial, Terence W. Starz

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Abstract

The objective of the Drug information Center Arthritis Project was to create and assess the value of a patient-focused interactive arthritis education program. A multidisciplinary team developed three content areas: an interactive ask-a-pharmacist component with a satisfaction survey; health assessment tools (SF-8™, osteoarthritis [OA] Impact Survey™, and rheumatoid arthritis [RA] Impact Survey™); and disease and drug information. Results: There were 1,800 patients with OA, RA, or both from a collaborating rheumatology practice who were invited to use a personalized, interactive, secured Internet arthritis Web site. During a 6-week pilot, 56 patients accessed the site for a total of 128 visits. Patient satisfaction scores showed that 83% of patients rated the site as useful to very useful; 83% would both use the site again and recommend the site to a friend. Overall health-related quality of life as measured by the SF-8 physical and mental component scores and the OA and RA Impact Surveys for patients accessing the Web site was slightly higher than the US population norms for patients with arthritis. Conclusions: To our knowledge, there are no other Web sites that provide confidential, patient-specific arthritis Internet information as an extension of a rheumatology practice. Our Web site provided novel access to personalized, evidence-based, and up-to-date information for patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalDrug Information Journal
Volume40
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Information Centers
Information services
Internet
Arthritis
Websites
Education
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Health
Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatology
Patient Satisfaction
Pharmacists
Quality of Life
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Arthritis
  • Drug information
  • Education
  • Internet
  • Medication information
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Patient education
  • Pharmacist
  • Pharmacy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Web site

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pharmacology
  • Nursing(all)

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Ansani, N. T., Fedutes-Henderson, B. A., Weber, R. J., Smith, R., Dean, J., Vogt, M., ... Starz, T. W. (2006). The Drug Information Center Arthritis Project: Providing patients with interactive and reliable arthritis internet education. Drug Information Journal, 40(1), 39-49.

The Drug Information Center Arthritis Project : Providing patients with interactive and reliable arthritis internet education. / Ansani, Nicole T.; Fedutes-Henderson, Bethony A.; Weber, Robert J.; Smith, Randall; Dean, Jennine; Vogt, Molly; Gold, Kenneth; Kwoh, Chian K; Osial, Thaddeus; Starz, Terence W.

In: Drug Information Journal, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2006, p. 39-49.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ansani, NT, Fedutes-Henderson, BA, Weber, RJ, Smith, R, Dean, J, Vogt, M, Gold, K, Kwoh, CK, Osial, T & Starz, TW 2006, 'The Drug Information Center Arthritis Project: Providing patients with interactive and reliable arthritis internet education', Drug Information Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 39-49.
Ansani, Nicole T. ; Fedutes-Henderson, Bethony A. ; Weber, Robert J. ; Smith, Randall ; Dean, Jennine ; Vogt, Molly ; Gold, Kenneth ; Kwoh, Chian K ; Osial, Thaddeus ; Starz, Terence W. / The Drug Information Center Arthritis Project : Providing patients with interactive and reliable arthritis internet education. In: Drug Information Journal. 2006 ; Vol. 40, No. 1. pp. 39-49.
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