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Experience and impact of crystal pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) from a patient and caregiver perspective: A qualitative exploration from the OMERACT CPPD working group

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  • Amy Fuller
  • Ken Cai
  • Georgios Filippou
  • Tristan Pascart
  • Cesar Diaz-Torne
  • Owen Hensey
  • David Grossberg
  • Robin Christensen
  • Beverley Shea
  • Jasvinder A Singh
  • Sara K Tedeschi
  • Nicola Dalbeth
  • Abhishek Abhishek
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OBJECTIVE: To explore the lived experience of people with calcium pyrophosphate deposition (CPPD) disease and the impact of this condition on their daily lives.

METHODS: Patients with CPPD and their caregivers were invited to take part in a one-to-one (patient only) or paired (patient and caregiver) semi-structured interview. Interviews covered patients' diagnosis and treatment experiences, and the impact of CPPD on their daily lives. Transcribed interviews were analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

RESULTS: 28 patient interviews, six of which included a caregiver, were conducted across five countries. Acute CPP crystal arthritis flares resulted in temporary but profound disability for most patients, disrupting their ability to go about day-to-day activities, and they sought immediate medical attention. CPPD+OA and chronic CPP crystal inflammatory arthritis presented patients with longer term limitations in daily lives. Patients and their caregivers described these disruptions and limitations, which included a reduced ability or inability to complete household and self-care tasks, exercise, socialise, work and drive. They also described how arthritis pain and resulting limitations adversely impacted upon patients' psychological wellbeing. Delays in referral to specialists and diagnostic uncertainty were described by many. Lack of appropriate treatment or access to treatments only upon worsening of symptoms impacted upon the length of time some patients spent in pain and with functional limitations.

CONCLUSION: This study is the first to demonstrate the wide-ranging impact of CPPD, and highlights the need for improved diagnosis, physician training, as well as greater emphasis upon finding targeted therapies to specifically treat CPPD.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSeminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)655-660
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

    Research areas

  • CPPD, Impact, Qualitative, Lived experience, OMERACT

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