This trial evaluated a primary care self-management programme for people with arthritis. The CSRI format was adapted to support self-completion and used when participants were recruited at primary care practices, and then sent by post to participants four and twelve months later. Participants completed the CSRI, found here, alongside other outcome measures so the initial patient identifiers were omitted.
To fit better with the order of questions in the booklet, this version of the CSRI started with questions on service use, focusing on services that people with arthritis were most likely to use. Each question clearly asks for resource use information ‘….because of your arthritis’. The study took both a health and social care and a societal perspective, so questions were included on social security benefit receipt, out-of-pocket expenditure and unpaid care, as well as time off work. CSRI completion rates were in line with those for the outcome questionnaires, suggesting the format was acceptable to participants. Of the 812 people recruited to the trial, 94% completed the CSRI at baseline (95% for the outcome measures), 77% at four months (80%), and 73% at twelve months (76%).
A copy of the paper reporting on the economic evaluation can be downloaded here.