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Patients' Views on Routine Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Rheumatology Outpatient Care: A Multicenter Focus Group Study

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OBJECTIVE: To explore the patients' views of the collection and use of patient-reported outcomes as part of routine care in patients with inflammatory arthritis.

METHODS: We conducted a qualitative focus group study based on interviews in each of the 5 geographical regions of Denmark. The analysis was based on content analysis. Four patient research partners were involved in the study.

RESULTS: In total, 32 adult patients (21 female) with rheumatoid arthritis (n = 21), psoriatic arthritis (n = 6), and axial spondyloarthritis (n = 5) participated. The mean age was 60 years (range 32-80 years). Five themes were derived from the analysis: 1) a need for information about why the data are collected, reflecting patients' uncertainty as to whether the collection of patient-reported outcomes primarily served to monitor their own disease, to save money, or to gather data for research purposes; 2) inclusion of patient-reported outcomes in the consultation, encompassing patients' expectations of active use of the patient-reported outcomes data during talks with rheumatologists or nurses; 3) reflections on how to respond to the patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) to obtain high quality data, referring to patients' concerns about how to respond "correctly" and about issues that could affect their responses; 4) addressing patient-reported outcomes to the individual's challenges, reflecting the need for a more individualized approach; and 5) possibilities for improvement in the use of patient-reported outcomes, referring to patients' ideas for the future use of patient-reported outcomes.

CONCLUSION: Information and dialogue regarding the purpose of patient-reported outcomes collection, how to respond to PROMs correctly, and inclusion of the patient-reported outcomes data in the consultation are of importance to patients with inflammatory arthritis who routinely complete patient-reported outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArthritis Care & Research
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)1331-1338
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Ambulatory Care, Arthritis, Psoriatic/drug therapy, Arthritis, Rheumatoid/drug therapy, Attitude, Communication, Female, Focus Groups, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Qualitative Research, Rheumatology, Spondylarthritis/drug therapy

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