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Rheumatology Network Reviews Why Patients Resist Treatment with DMARDs

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Medica US announces that Rheumatology Network features a special podcast highlighting a particular treatment challenge facing people with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Expert guidelines are unanimous that patients with rheumatic disorders, especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, should have early treatment with drugs called DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) which reduce inflammation and slow joint damage; however, fully a third of patients who might benefit from these drugs are not taking them.

Although studies suggest that socioeconomic factors such as cost and level of education may be the primary reason, one important explanation may be simpler to resolve, rheumatologist Richard Martin MD explains in a podcast on Rheumatology Network.  In the largest study to address the question, Dr. Martin and his coworkers found that cause may be a simple failure of communication:  Many patients appear to resist the idea of taking a new DMARD because they have difficulty dealing with information about medical care (independent of ethnicity or education level), and may make incorrect assumptions about the drugs based on inaccurate understanding.

The new podcast on Rheumatology Network provides advice and resources to help them quickly assess how well individual patients are able to understand, evaluate, and act on this information.

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