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Experience and perceptions among rheumatoid arthritis patients following a telehealth-delivered dietary intervention: a qualitative study

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posted on 2024-06-02, 22:57 authored by Tala Raad, Anne Griffin, Elena GeorgeElena George, Louise Larkin, Alexander Fraser, Norelee Kennedy, Audrey Tierney
AbstractThe effects of dietary modifications have been assessed in people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with consistent benefits reported from clinical trials. However, the lived experience of making and sustaining positive dietary changes for people with RA remains unknown. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experiences of adults with RA and their perceptions of a 12-week telehealth-delivered dietary intervention and to assess the acceptability of the programme. Qualitative data was collected via four online focus groups with participants who had just completed a 12-week dietary intervention programme delivered through telehealth methods. Thematic analysis was used to code and summarize the identified key themes. Twenty-one adults with RA (47.5 ± 12.3 years, 90.5% females) were included in this qualitative study. Overarching themes included: (a) motivation to join the programme, (b) benefits of the programme, (c) factors influencing adherence to dietary prescription, and (d) advantages and disadvantages of telehealth. The study demonstrated that a dietary intervention delivered through telehealth methods by a Registered Dietitian (RD) appears to be well-accepted and may be used to complement face-to-face care for people with RA. The identified factors influencing the adoption of a healthier eating pattern will aid in the development of future dietary interventions for a RA population.

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Journal

Rheumatology International

Volume

43

Pagination

1913-1924

Location

Berlin, Germany

ISSN

0172-8172

eISSN

1437-160X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

Springer

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