Table 4

Advantages and barriers of DHA, n (%)

AdvantagesPatientsRheumatologistsBarriersPatientsRheumatologists
Location independence229 (76.6)100 (77.5)Too little information175 (58.5)54 (41.9)
Time independence223 (74.6)94 (72.9)Too little evidence of benefits36 (12.0)30 (23.3)
Detailed documentation97 (32.4)47 (36.4)Poor quality of current apps47 (15.7)29 (22.5)
Cost saving95 (31.8)37 (28.7)Concerns about data protection52 (17.4)25 (19.4)
More information88 (29.4)38 (29.5)Lack of usability126 (42.1)17 (13.2)
Independence of doctors*36 (12.0)Lack of accessibility4 (1.3)
More flexibility107 (36.8)77 (59.7)High costs4 (1.3)23 (17.8)
Preparation for discussion*46 (15.4)No suitable equipment17 (5.7)11 (8.5)
No advantages at all18 (6.0)1 (0.8)Lack of user competence
No Need
9 (3.0)
39 (13.0)

12 (9.3)
  • *Patients and rheumatologists were asked about the advantages and barriers of DHAs. Multiple answers were allowed. Patients had two additional potential advantages and potential barriers to choose from.