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Most RA Patients Trust Physicians’ Treatment Decisions

Key clinical point: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with high disease activity trust their doctor’s treatment goals.

Major finding: Overall, 81% of patients with high disease activity said that they trusted that their doctors had recommended the best treatment goals for them, but 20% also said they felt the doctor’s treatment goals were not in line with theirs.

Study details: The data come from 249 adults aged 19 years and older with diagnosed RA.

Disclosures: The study was sponsored by UCB Pharma, and several coauthors are employees of UCB Pharma. Lead author Ms. Gavigan had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Gavigan K et al. Arthritis Res Ther. 2020 Jan 7. doi: 10.1186/s13075-019-2076-7