Discordance between doctor and patient assessments and non-adherence to subcutaneous biological drugs.


Instituto de Salud Musculoesquelética (Inmusc), Calle Conde de la Cimera, 6, 28040, Madrid, Spain. [Email]


To estimate the agreement level between patient and physician assessment of disease activity and to explore whether agreement is associated with adherence to subcutaneous (SC) biological drugs in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Cross-sectional study of RA patients who had been prescribed a SC biological drug in the past 12-18 months was performed. Patients and physicians global disease activity on visual analogue scale (VAS) were collected. Disagreement was defined as an absolute difference ≥ 3 points between VAS scores. Adherence was assessed by the Medication Possession Ratio (MPR), considering adherence an MPR > 80%. We analysed 360 patients of whom 15.5% presented disagreement with their physicians. The mean patient global VAS was 5.75 ± 1.8 (median 5.5 [5-7]) in the disagreement group versus 2.7 ± 2.2 (median 2 [1-4]) in the agreement group (p < 0.001). There were also differences in physicians global VAS between groups (p = 0.01). The non-adherence to SC biological drugs rate was 10.7% and 14.5% in the disagreement and agreement groups (p = 0.45). No association between adherence and discordance was found. Disagreement in the global disease activity between patients and physicians was detected in 15.5% of patients. In general, patients perceived higher disease activity. No associations between patient-physician disagreement in VAS and adherence were observed.


Adherence,Biological drugs,Compliance,Discordance,Disease activity,Patient perspective,

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