Young arthritis patients 'want to live normal lives'

8 April 2016

A desire to live a normal life has been identified as a key priority for young arthritis patients when considering what kind of treatment to undergo.

Led by the University of York and funded by Arthritis Research UK, the study saw interviews conducted with patients and doctors analysed alongside recordings of consultations to highlight some of the key factors affecting decision-making processes.

It was found that young people saw treatment as an opportunity to resume a normal life, but were also concerned that it could be an impediment, leading to scrutiny of the administration methods, effectiveness and side effects associated with each therapy option.

In situations where these were uncertain, it was indicated that young people sometimes take a short-termist view, underlining the need for doctors to properly discuss the relevant issues with young arthritis patients, taking into account what is most important to them.

Ruth Hart of the department of health sciences at the University of York said: "Encouraging them to talk about the difficulties they may encounter, as well as the more positive outcomes of treatment, is essential if they are to make decisions they can see through."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

 


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