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Joint Bone Spine
Volume 74, n° 4
pages 353-357 (juillet 2007)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jbspin.2006.06.018
Received : 18 January 2006 ;  accepted : 7 June 2006
Quality and impact of information about interventional rheumatology: A study in 119 patients undergoing fluoroscopy-guided procedures

Xavier Guennoc , Isabelle Samjee, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Valérie Devauchelle, Anne Roudaut, Alain Saraux
Rheumatology Department, Brest Teaching Hospital, CHU de Brest, 29609 Brest, France 

Corresponding author. Tel.: +33 298 347 264; fax: +33 298 493 627.

To evaluate the quality of patient information about fluoroscopy-guided rheumatologic procedures, and to look for an impact on the patient's experience of the procedure.


One hundred and nineteen patients completed questionnaires before and after undergoing fluoroscopy-guided interventions. We looked for associations between the information supplied by the rheumatologist who recommended the procedure and pain, anxiety, awareness of potential complications, and the match between patient expectations and actual experience.


62.8% of patients reported receiving information about the procedure. Only 20.5% reported receiving specific information about potential adverse events, although 80.9% felt this information would have been useful. Most patients (74.8%) would have liked to receive additional information. Only 10.1% patients were given written information. Mean (±SD) anticipated pain severity as assessed in the waiting room before the procedure on a 0-10 scale was 4.5±2.4 in women and 4.2±2.3) in men. Actual pain severity during the procedure as assessed on the same scale was 2.7±2.6 in women and 2.2±1.6 in men. The level of information about the procedure did not influence anticipated or actual pain severity. Anxiety was reported by 59.8% patients and was more common in women (P <0.001), in patients given written information (P =0.05), and in patients undergoing their first intervention (P =0.05). Information was perceived as alleviating anxiety by 69.9% patients, and 77.3% of patients felt they would experience less anxiety if they had the procedure a second time. Only 21.2% patients were able to name a potential adverse event, and this proportion was not influenced by receiving written information. A mismatch between expectations about the procedure or its duration and actual experience was reported by 17 (17/69, 24.6%) and 34 (34/98, 34.7%) patients, respectively, with no significant differences across study subgroups.


Information about interventional rheumatology procedures is required for ethical principles and legislation. Patients increasingly expect detailed information, which may increase the likelihood that the procedure unfolds smoothly. Our results indicate a need for optimizing patient information. Standardized written material deserves to be evaluated as a means of better meeting the informational needs of patients.

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Keywords : Patient information, Interventional rheumatology

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