Discordance of patient and physician health status concerns in systemic lupus erythematosus

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Objectives: To compare the health status concerns of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and of their physicians. Methods: Cross-sectional questionnaire study of SLE patients and their treating physicians at a tertiary disease-specific outpatient clinic. Patients and physicians completed a questionnaire regarding their concern about specific disease manifestations and impact on quality of life. For each item, degree of concern was rated on a five-point Likert scale and summarized as median (interquartile range). Ratings between patients and physicians were compared using Mann–Whitney U tests. Results: A total of 84 patients and 21 physicians participated. Patients’ predominant concerns centred on function and fatigue, whereas physicians’ concerns focused on SLE-related organ complications. Of the 10 highest ranked patient concerns, only two were common to the 10 highest ranked physician concerns, while physicians rated seven significantly differently; all 10 highest ranked physician concerns were rated significantly lower by patients. The three highest ranked patient concerns (fatigue, pain and feeling worn out) were routinely assessed by 47.6%, 42.9% and 9.5% of physicians, respectively. Conclusion: There was significant discordance between SLE patient and physician health status concerns. Items which were ranked highly by patients were not assessed consistently by physicians, highlighting a significant gap in healthcare communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-506
Number of pages6
JournalLupus
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • lupus, Discordance; fatigue; pain; patient-reported outcomes; quality of life; unmet needs

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Discordance of patient and physician health status concerns in systemic lupus erythematosus. / Golder, V; Ooi, JJY; Antony, A. S.; Ko, T.; Morton, S; Kandane-Rathnayake, R; Morand, EF; Hoi, A. Y.

In: Lupus, Vol. 27, No. 3, 01.03.2018, p. 501-506.

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