'I just thought it was normal aches and pains': a qualitative study of decision-making processes in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis.

OBJECTIVE Effective treatment can only be given during the early stages of RA if patients are seen early. However, many patients delay for prolonged periods before seeking medical advice. This study explores factors influencing the decision to seek medical advice in RA patients. METHODS In-depth, semi-structured interviews were carried out with 24… CONTINUE READING