Perceptions of arthritis glove wear of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and persistent hand pain: a nested questionnaire study within the A‐Gloves trial

Hammond, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9991, Prior, Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9831-6254, Adams, J, Firth, J, O'Neill, T and Hough, Y 2022, 'Perceptions of arthritis glove wear of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and persistent hand pain: a nested questionnaire study within the A‐Gloves trial' , Musculoskeletal Care .

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Abstract

Introduction: Arthritis gloves are prescribed in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to reduce hand pain, stiffness, and improve hand function. As part of a randomised controlled trial, this study investigated participants’ perceptions of wearing arthritis gloves. Method: Participants with RA and persistent hand pain (n=206) were randomly assigned and prescribed either loose-fitting gloves (control) or arthritis gloves (intervention), for day and/ or night wear (as per individual need). At 12-weeks, the trial follow-up questionnaire also included items about whether the gloves prescribed were: beneficial or not; if yes, the benefits experienced; any problems encountered; if they stopped wearing gloves day and/or night, and why. Results: The questionnaire response rate was 154/206 (75%). In both groups, 73% reported gloves were beneficial (p = 0.97). There were no differences in types of benefits reported. The most common were: warmth (59% control: 54% intervention; p = 0.53); and comfort (54%: 62%; p = 0.29). Fewer reported problems with glove wear in the control group (33%), compared to the intervention group (49%); p = 0.05. In both groups, the most common daytime problem was inability to wear gloves for wet or dirty activities; and at night, gloves being too hot. Similar numbers in the control and intervention groups stopped wearing gloves either day or night (23%: 31%; p = 0.26), primarily for these reasons. Discussion: Participants’ perceptions about wearing arthritis or loose-fitting gloves were very similar. Wearing ordinary gloves could result in similar perceived benefits to arthritis gloves.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Musculoskeletal Care
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1478-2189
Funders: NIHR Research for Patient Benefit
Depositing User: Professor Alison Hammond
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2022 09:31
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 09:45
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/65436

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