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The clinical effectiveness of intensive management in moderate established rheumatoid arthritis: The titrate trial

Scott, D., Ibrahim, F., Hill, H., Tom, B., Prothero, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-5385-0397, Baggott, R. R., Bosworth, A., Galloway, J. B., Georgopoulou, S., Martin, N., Neatrour, I., Nikiphorou, E., Sturt, J., Wailoo, A., Williams, F. M. K., Williams, R. and Lempp, H. (2020). The clinical effectiveness of intensive management in moderate established rheumatoid arthritis: The titrate trial. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, 50(5), pp. 1182-1190. doi: 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2020.07.014

Abstract

Objectives

Many trials have shown that intensive management is effective in patients with early active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But its benefits are unproven for the large number of RA patients seen in routine care who have established, moderately active RA and are already taking conventional synthetic disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (csDMARDs). The TITRATE trial studied whether these patients also benefit from intensive management and, in particular, achieve more remissions.
Methods

A 12-month multicentre individually randomised trial compared standard care with monthly intensive management appointments which was delivered by specially trained healthcare professionals and incorporated monthly clinical assessments, medication titration and psychosocial support. The primary outcome was 12-month remission assessed using the Disease Activity Score for 28 joints using ESR (DAS28-ESR). Secondary outcomes included fatigue, disability, harms and healthcare costs. Intention-to-treat multivariable logistic- and linear regression analyses compared treatment arms with multiple imputation used for missing data.
Results

459 patients were screened and 335 were randomised (168 intensive management; 167 standard care); 303 (90%) patients provided 12-month outcomes. Intensive management increased DAS28-ESR 12-month remissions compared to standard care (32% vs 18%, p = 0.004). Intensive management also significantly increased remissions using a range of alternative remission criteria and increased patients with DAS28-ESR low disease activity scores. (48% vs 32%, p = 0.005). In addition it substantially reduced fatigue (mean difference -18; 95% CI: -24, -11, p<0.001). There was no evidence that serious adverse events (intensive management =15 vs standard care =11) or other adverse events (114 vs 151) significantly increase with intensive management.
Interpretation

The trial shows that intensive management incorporating psychosocial support delivered by specially trained healthcare professions is effective in moderately active established RA. More patients achieve remissions, there were greater improvements in fatigue, and there were no more harms.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Publisher Keywords: Intensive management; Rheumatoid arthritis; Clinical trial; Anti-rheumatic agents; Person-centred care; Psychosocial support
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Optometry & Visual Science
Date available in CRO: 28 Apr 2021 10:01
Date deposited: 28 April 2021
Date of acceptance: 28 July 2020
Date of first online publication: 30 July 2020
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26009
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