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Comparison of expectations of physicians and patients with rheumatoid arthritis for rheumatology clinic visits: a pilot, multicenter, international study.
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PMID:  22898218     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
AIM: To describe and compare expectations of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their physicians with regard to what is most important to achieve during a rheumatology clinic visit.
METHODS: Subjects were RA patients enrolled in four centers from China, one from Japan and one from the USA, and rheumatologists at those centers. The questionnaires were provided at clinics and patients were asked to list their three top priorities for the rheumatology clinic visit. Physicians were contacted separately and asked to give three general expectations, not for specific visits. We classified clinical expectations into a series of 24 terms for patients and 17 for physicians. We compared physicians' to patients' responses, compared expectations among centers in China, Japan and the USA, and evaluated relationships between patients' responses and age, gender, nationality, disease duration and DAS-28 (Disease Activity Score-28).
RESULTS: Patients' clinical expectations for visits focused primarily on control of pain (63.7%), improvement of function (49.3%) and discussion of effects of medication (38.1%). Physicians also included control of pain (59.5%), but also emphasized inquiry about drug side-effects (47.8%) and objective assessment of disease activity (41.4%). We found no differences related to patients' gender, disease duration and DAS-28, but there were some differences related to age and nationality.
CONCLUSION: We found some agreement and some discordance of clinical expectations between RA patients and physicians. There appear to be some different expectations in different countries. Findings from this pilot survey may help physicians consider patients' expectations in planning rheumatology clinic visits and may lead to further hypothesis-driven studies.
Hongyan Wen; H Ralph Schumacher; Xiaofeng Li; Jieruo Gu; Li Ma; Hua Wei; Naoto Yokogawa; Katsuaki Shiroto; Joshua F Baker; Janet Dinnella; Alexis Ogdie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of rheumatic diseases     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1756-185X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Rheum Dis     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101474930     Medline TA:  Int J Rheum Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  380-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2012 The Authors International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases © 2012 Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Shanxi Medical University, The Second Hospital of Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China; Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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