Perceptions of the risks and benefits of medicines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions.

@article{Berry2004PerceptionsOT,
  title={Perceptions of the risks and benefits of medicines in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other painful musculoskeletal conditions.},
  author={Dianne C. Berry and Anthony Bradlow and Elisabetta Bersellini},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2004},
  volume={43 7},
  pages={901-5}
}
OBJECTIVES To examine beliefs about medication risks and benefits in patients attending a specialist rheumatology clinic for pain-related conditions. METHODS Eighty-one patients (37 first attendees and 44 existing clinic patients) completed a written questionnaire which asked about current treatments, perceived effectiveness, main risks and benefits, and compliance. RESULTS Existing clinic patients perceived medications to be more effective and more risky than did the new patients, although… CONTINUE READING

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