Yasemin Tokem, PhD RN, is an assistant professor at the Ege University School of Nursing in Izmir, Turkey.
Case Management in Care of Turkish Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2011 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 205–213, September-October 2011
How to Cite
Tokem, Y., Argon, G. and Keser, G. (2011), Case Management in Care of Turkish Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 36: 205–213. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2011.tb00197.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- case management;
- nurse case manager;
- quality of life;
- rheumatoid arthritis;
This study examined the effectiveness of a case management (CM) intervention in the care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as a pilot study in a teaching hospital in Turkey. Two groups were compared with respect to disability, quality of life, cost, and patient satisfaction: RA patients who received CM plus usual nursing care and RA patients who received usual nursing care alone. All patients underwent follow-up interviews at 3 and 6 months after being discharged from the hospital. Disability scores were significantly better in the RA group receiving CM, but there were no significant differences between the two groups with regard to quality of life, patient satisfaction, and total healthcare costs. Using CM in the care of patients with RA may favorably affect disease-related outcomes.