Musculoskeletal Remote pAtient centred cARe (MSK RADAR)
Principal Investigator: Dr Arthur Pratt
Full project title: Musculoskeletal Remote pAtient centred cARe (MSK RADAR): A service delivery project to integrate remotely reported patient outcomes with the electronic record for enhanced rheumatic disease management.
Patients living with rheumatic musculoskeletal conditions (RMDs) often have better outcomes when seen regularly by their doctors. However, this can be a large inconvenience; requiring time off work and travel arrangements, which is an issue that has been lessened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, where remote assessments have been available.
Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) have increasingly been an effective way to monitor disease activity, alongside other facets of health and well-being, such as fatigue and quality of life. It is only with the restrictions brought about by COVID-19 that PROMs have been used to capture information from patients with RMDs, in spite of how successful they have been with other diseases and their potential to meet the challenge of remote consultations with healthcare providers.
There are several validated software options to capture this data remotely, and this project will support the means to embed the relevant software into live electronic patient records (EPRs) in the Department of Rheumatology within the Musculoskeletal Services Directorate at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Newcastle Hospitals). This will allow real-time interpretation and clinical decision making by doctors and nurses responsible for patient care.