Comparison of patient and physician perspectives in the management of rheumatoid arthritis: results from global physician- and patient-based surveys

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Gibofsky, Allan; Galloway, James; Kekow, Joern; Zerbini, Cristiano; de la Vega, Maria; Lee, Gavin; Lee, Eun Young; Codreanu, Catalin; Koehn, Cheryl; Steinberg, Kathy; Bananis, Eustratios; de Leon, Dario Ponce; Maniccia, Anna; Dikranian, Ara

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Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 16(1):211
Patient perspectiveRheumatoid arthritisTreatment
In order to better understand the perspectives of patients and physicians regarding the treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we present and compare results from a patient-based and a physician-based survey developed by the RA NarRAtive advisory panel.

The RA NarRAtive initiative is directed by a global advisory panel of 39 healthcare providers and patient organization leaders from 17 countries. A survey of patients self-reporting a diagnosis of RA and a physician-based survey, designed by the advisory panel, were fielded online by Harris Poll from September 2014 to April 2016, and from August 2015 to October 2015, respectively.

We present findings from 1805 patients whose RA was primarily managed by a rheumatologist, and 1736 physicians managing patients with RA. Results confirmed that RA carries a substantial disease burden; half of the patients surveyed reported stopping participation in certain activities as a result of their disease. While 90% of physicians were satisfied with their communications with their patients regarding RA treatment, 61% of patients felt uncomfortable raising concerns or fears with their physician. Of the patients providing responses, 52% felt that improved dialogue/discussion would optimize their RA management, and 68% of physicians wished that they and their patients talked more about their RA goals and treatment. Overall, 88% of physicians agreed that patients involved in making treatment decisions tend to be more satisfied with their treatment experience.

The results of these surveys highlight the impact of RA on patients, and a discrepancy between patient and physician views on communication. Further research, focused on improving patient–physician dialogue, shared goal-setting, and treatment planning, is needed.
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