It is important to advise patients that remission does not equal cure. Once patients stop their medications, the symptoms that return may be worse than before.
An integral part of patient care includes the healthcare provider incorporating patient education into their care and understanding PsA from the patient’s perspective. Patient education includes the provision of educational activities related to the disease, treatment and the consequences of non-adherence.5 A discussion of long-term outcomes is often a highly effective way to encourage adherence. A discussion of potential side effects can help prevent a patient from discontinuing treatment prematurely. Advise patients of the need to stay on treatment to avoid recurrences or flares. It is also important physicians review the signs and symptoms of infections with patients and advise patients to let the provider know if they are experiencing any new infections. Most of the biologic treatments require testing for some infections or pre-vaccination to prevent infections once on treatment.
Treatments for PsA can be expensive, and healthcare providers can help make treatment costs more manageable for patients. A number of financial assistance resources are available to patients, and patients can contact the manufacturer of a medication to request co-pay assistance. Your staff can also explore patient assistance programs for those who do not have insurance ().6| ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page