This study aimed to evaluate the current level of acceptance, usage, and barriers among German rheumatologists regarding the utilization of ePROs. The importance of different ePRO features for rheumatologists was investigated. Additionally, the most frequently used PROs for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) were identified.


Martin Krusche 1,7, Philipp Klemm 2,7, Manuel Grahammer 3, Johanna Mucke 4,7, Diana Vossen 5,7, Arnd Kleyer 6,7, Philipp Sewerin 4,7, Johannes Knitza 6,7

1 Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Charité- Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany

2 Department of Rheumatology, Immunology, Osteology and Physical Medicine, Bad Nauheim, Justus Liebig University Gießen, Campus Kerckhoff, Germany

3 ABATON GmbH, Berlin, Germany

4 Department of Rheumatology and Hiller Research Unit Rheumatology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

5 Rheinisches Rheumazentrum Meerbusch, St. Elisabeth-Hospital, Meerbusch, Germany

6 Department of Internal Medicine 3 – Rheumatology and Immunology, Friedrich-Alexander-University ErlangenNürnberg (FAU), University Hospital Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

7 German Society for Rheumatology (Working Group Young Rheumatology)