[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The prescribing behaviour of Australian and New Zealand rheumatologists was studied in 1994 using a questionnaire, and the results compared with a similar questionnaire administered in 1984. Perceived differences in efficacy and toxicity for disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and cytotoxics were reported. Over the decade, methotrexate and sulphasalazine have become the most commonly used anti-rheumatic agents, and methotrexate is clearly seen as the most effective drug. Wide variations in monitoring practices for DMARDs were reported, highlighting the need for cost-effectiveness studies on monitoring. There was low usage of functional outcome measurements in assessing patients.
British journal of rheumatology 05/1997; 36(4):487-90.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: One hundred and thirty-four patients with either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, and with a history of current or past non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) treatment, were interviewed regarding the benefits, expectations and side-effects of NSAID therapy. Their willingness to accept risks in medical treatment was also evaluated. Both groups experienced positive effects of the NSAID treatment corresponding to their expectations. However, rheumatoid arthritis patients were significantly more willing to accept gastrointestinal side-effects when given an effective NSAID than the osteoarthritis patients, and they were also more willing to take risks in trying a hypothetical new NSAID that had been shown to be effective in clinical trials.
British journal of rheumatology 05/1997; 36(4):470-2.