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Título: Patients- and physicians- priorities for improvement: The case of rheumatic diseases
Autor: Pereira da Silva, JA
Ramiro, S
Pedro, S
Rodrigues, A
Vasconcelos, JC
Benito-Garcia, E
Palavras-chave: Doenças Reumáticas
Data: 2010
Editora: Sociedade Portuguesa de Reumatologia
Citação: Acta Reumatol Port. 2010 Apr-Jun;35(2):192-9.
Resumo: OBJECTIVES: To compare the health priorities elected by patients with rheumatic diseases and by their attending rheumatologists. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We undertook a cross-sectional study among patients and rheumatologists in Portuguese rheumatology outpatient clinics. 75% of all Portuguese Rheumatology Departments agreed to participate. Rheumatologists from non-participating hospital departments were asked to collaborate through their private practices. All patients were eligible for inclusion except if they were under 18 years of age or had a mental disorder that would affect their participation. Data were collected through dedicated questionnaires. Patients were asked to indicate 3 priorities for improvement out of 12 health domains (Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale 2) regarding their rheumatic disease. Rheumatologists were asked similar questions focused around rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA). RESULTS: 1,868 patients and 56 rheumatologists entered the study. The most commonly selected priorities by patients with rheumatic diseases were: "Rheumatic pain" (70%), "Walking and bending" (45%), and "Hand and Finger Function" (40%). The main priority for improvement among patients with RA was "Rheumatic Pain" (69%), while rheumatologists more commonly elected "Work" (55%) as their main priority for these patients. Among patients with OA, "Rheumatic Pain" was the first priority for both patients and doctors (elected by 75%, and 55% of respondents, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed discordance between the priorities for improvement elected by patients and by their respective physicians. This was more pronounced in RA than in OA. Studying and addressing such differences may support physicians and institutions to better achieve the prime goal of incorporating and responding to patients' needs and preferences.
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