Patient perspectives on how to improve education on medication side effects: cross-sectional observational study at a rheumatology clinic in The Netherlands

Mirjam C. Hegeman, Jolanda A. Schoemaker-Delsing, Jacqueline T.M. Luttikholt, Harald E. Vonkeman*

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Abstract

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients often report lacking information on medication side effects. The aims of this study were to observe how rheumatology healthcare providers deliver medication information and to determine in which specific domains information is missing. First, 12 single-blinded structured observations were performed during regular RA patient consultations. The observers noted whether and how medication and medication side effects were discussed. Second, 100 RA patients were asked to fill out an adaptation of the Satisfaction with Information about Medicines Scale (SIMS). Medication was discussed during all observed consultations. With new medication, its purpose and mode of action were explained in all cases, but possible side effects in only 33%. Overall, medication side effects were discussed in 58% of consultations. Most information delivery was verbal (92%). Response rate to the questionnaire was 61%. Overall satisfaction with medication education was mean 7.3 (± 1.9) (NRS 0–10) with a comparable high SIMS total satisfaction sum score of mean 12.3 (± 4.4). At subscale score levels, 89% were satisfied with the amount of information on the action and usage of medication, but only 47% with the information on the potential problems of medication. RA patients express overall high satisfaction with their medication education but there is still an unmet need for information on potential risks and side effects. Using the SIMS questionnaire in daily clinical practice may help focus medication education to the needs of the individual patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-979
Number of pages7
JournalRheumatology international
Volume41
Issue number5
Early online date17 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Medication education
  • Medication side effects
  • Patient perspectives
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Shared decision-making
  • UT-Hybrid-D

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