Arthritis Patients Want Info About Multiple Drug Options

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Arthritis Patients Want Info About Multiple Drug Options
Arthritis Patients Want Info About Multiple Drug Options

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with inflammatory arthritis want to be informed about multiple current and future treatment options, according to research published in the July issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Ingrid Nota, from the University of Twente in Enschede, Netherlands, and colleagues conducted in-depth face-to-face interviews with 32 patients with inflammatory arthritis. Participants had recently consulted their rheumatologist and discussed disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) initiation.

The researchers found that reasons to initiate DMARDs included belief in the necessity of DMARDs, either for symptom relief or prevention of future joint damage. In this respect, trust in the rheumatologist and health care system was important. Many concerns were expressed in relation to initiation of DMARDs; these related to perceived aggressive and harmful nature of DMARDs, potential side effects, impact on fertility and pregnancy, interaction with other medications, time to beneficial effect, and manner of administration. Patients were also concerned about long-term medication use and drug dependency, as well as about the risks of future treatments and running out of options if the medication proved to be ineffective. Participants wanted to be informed about multiple treatment options, both current and future, in order to decrease uncertainty. They wanted to receive information on how medications could impact their daily lives, as well as clinical information.

"Information should enable patients to compare treatments with regard to both clinical aspects and possible consequences for their daily lives," the authors write.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

FDA Permits Marketing of Brain Stimulation Device for ...

FDA previously approved transcranial magnetic stimulation for major depression, certain migraines

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for Gene Therapy Studies

Comments Open on End of NIH Review for ...

NIH oversight panel no longer plans to review all applications for gene therapy experiments

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 States, D.C.

U.S. Measles Outbreak Hits 107 Cases in 21 ...

Outbreak on track to exceed last year's; most of the people who got measles weren't vaccinated

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »