UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study Exploring the Patient Experience of Digital Ulcers in Systemic Sclerosis

Hughes, M; Pauling, JD; Jones, J; Denton, CP; Domsic, RT; Frech, TM; Herrick, AL; ... Moore, A; + view all (2020) A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study Exploring the Patient Experience of Digital Ulcers in Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Care and Research , 72 (5) pp. 723-733. 10.1002/acr.24127. Green open access

[thumbnail of UCL Hughes-2019-A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study Exploring the Patient Experience of Digital Ulcers .pdf]
Preview
Text
UCL Hughes-2019-A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study Exploring the Patient Experience of Digital Ulcers .pdf - Accepted Version

Download (467kB) | Preview

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Digital ulcers (DUs) are a major cause of disease-related morbidity and difficult to treat vascular complication of systemic sclerosis (SSc). Demonstrating treatment efficacy has traditionally focussed upon clinician assessment of DUs alone. No existing patient reported outcome (PRO) instrument captures the multi-faceted impact of SSc-DU. We report the findings of a multi-centre qualitative research study exploring the patient experience of SSc-DU. METHODS: Patient focus groups (FGs) were conducted across 3 scleroderma units, following a topic guide devised by SSc patients, experts and experienced qualitative researchers. A purposive sampling framework ensured the experiences of a diverse group of patients were captured. FGs were audio recorded, transcribed, anonymised, and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. We continued FGs until thematic saturation was achieved. RESULTS: Twenty-nine SSc patients with a history of DU disease participated in 4 FGs across the UK (Bath, Manchester and London). Five major inter-related themes (and sub-themes) were identified which encompass the patient experience of SSc-DUs: 'Disabling pain and hypersensitivity', 'Deep and broad-ranging emotional impact', 'Impairment of physical and social activity', 'Factors aggravating occurrence, duration and impact' and 'Mitigating, managing and adapting'. CONCLUSION: The patient experience of SSc-DU is multi-faceted and comprises a complex interplay of experiences associated with significant pain and morbidity. Patient experiences of SSc-DU are not captured using existing SSc-DU outcomes. Our findings shall inform the development of a novel PRO instrument to assess the severity and impact of SSc-DUs for use in future SSc-DU clinical trials.

Type: Article
Title: A Multi-Centre Qualitative Study Exploring the Patient Experience of Digital Ulcers in Systemic Sclerosis
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/acr.24127
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1002/acr.24127
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Digital Ulcers, Patient Participation, Patient Reported Outcomes, Qualitative Research, Scleroderma, Systemic Sclerosis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Inflammation
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088559
Downloads since deposit
9Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item