Patient perspectives on long-term outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis. A qualitative study from the OMERACT patient outcomes in longitudinal studies working group.

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OBJECTIVES: To identify patient-centered domains with long-term relevance to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We conducted semi-structured individual cognitive interviews of patients with RA with at least five years of disease duration, sampled from five different countries (United States, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina). Participants were encouraged to discuss their long-term concerns regarding RA. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using qualitative content analysis within a constructivist/interpretivist theoretical framework. RESULTS: Twenty-eight participants were interviewed, 24 were women. Six main themes, representing important aspects of the daily life of people with RA were generated: (i) Living with symptoms and functional limitations, (ii) Lack of participation, (iii) Partner and family issues, (iv) Risk of damage to vital organs, (v) Coping strategies, and (vi) Healthcare concerns, primarily expressed by participants from non-European countries lacking universal healthcare coverage. In addition, participants discussed the importance of contextual factors and how they impact long-term outcomes. These included attitudes towards disease, social support, or financial burdens. CONCLUSIONS: We identified six domains of importance to people with RA that are seldom measured in longitudinal registries and should be considered in patient-centered longitudinal studies.

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Cited Authors

  • Negrón, JB; Lopez-Olivo, MA; Carmona, L; Christensen, R; Ingegnoli, F; Zamora, NV; Gamez-Nava, JI; Gonzalez-Lopez, L; Strand, V; Goel, N; Westrich-Robertson, T; Suarez-Almazor, ME

Published Date

  • February 2023

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 /

Start / End Page

  • 152028 -

PubMed ID

  • 35654619

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-866X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.semarthrit.2022.152028


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States