Principal investigator: Eva Ejlersen Wæhrens(EEW), OT, PhD; Study manager/ Facility coordinator: Alice Røpke (AR), OT; Co-Investigator: Karen Ellegaard(KE), PT, PhD; Biostatistician: Robin ChristensenRC), M.Sc., PhD; Co-Investigator: Marius Henriksen(MH), PT, PhD; Co-Investigator/ Medically responsible: Signe Rifbjerg-Madsen (SRM), MD; Co-Investigator: Henning Bliddal(HB), MD, D.M.Sc. Co-Investigator/: Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe(BDS), MD, D.M.Sc
Female patients with rheumatoid arthritis will be randomized to hand exercise therapy as an add on to a compensatory intervention program focused on joint protection, assistive devices and alternative methods of doing. Hand exercise effects on self-reported and observed ADL ability, disease activity and grip strength will be assessed. Furthermore, the perfusion of the synovial tissue as indicator of inflammation in the wrist and finger joints will be determined by means of US Doppler.