Common problems experienced by adults with osteoarthritis

M. Weinberger, W. M. Tierney, P. Booher

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Functional status and noncompliance were assessed at baseline in 327 patients with osteoarthritis (OA), 96% of whom were interviewed again later either by telephone or at their next scheduled primary case visit. One-third of the sample reported noncompliance at baseline. During the follow-up interviews, commonly identified problems included having an inadequate supply of medicines to last until their next physician visit (47%), experiencing gastrointestinal complaints (36%), and reporting barriers to primary care (32%). For OA patients with hypertension or heart disease (N = 241), 75% reported clinically important symptoms. Patients with poorer functional status at baseline generally reported more subsequent problems. We conclude that patients frequently have correctable problems (e.g., medication noncompliance and side effects, barriers to care). These patients may be identified prospectively by their poor functional status. Arthritis health care professionals may wish to consider patient-oriented interventions to obviate these problems when evaluating functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalArthritis Care and Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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  • Rheumatology

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    Weinberger, M., Tierney, W. M., & Booher, P. (1989). Common problems experienced by adults with osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care and Research, 2(3), 94-100.