Patient preferences and satisfaction in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis with biologic therapy

Patient Prefer Adherence. 2009 Nov 29:3:335-44. doi: 10.2147/ppa.s5835.


Significant advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been made over the past 10 years with the introduction of biologic therapies, such as the TNF inhibitors. With these medications, many patients with RA have seen significant improvement in symptoms, function, and quality of life. However, with the introduction of the biologics, decision-making for this chronic disease that affects up to 1% of the population has become even more complex. Patient preferences for mode and frequency of administration, and for certain risks vs benefits as well as medication beliefs are central to uptake and adherence to these medications. This review examines the current literature on patient satisfaction, adherence, and preference for biologic therapy in RA.

Keywords: adherence; biologics; patient preference; rheumatoid arthritis.