Patients who reviewed an industry-sponsored booklet about a commonly used rheumatoid arthritis drug were twice as likely to choose the proposed therapy as were patients who reviewed similar decision-aid material presented in a neutral manner, according to a recent study.
Explore this issueJuly 2018
Also by this Author
Richard Martin, MD, MA, professor of medicine, rheumatology, at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, and colleagues evaluated responses to a simulated decision posed in a mail survey sent to patients with rheumatoid arthritis who had never taken the drug etanercept (Enbrel). Results of the Michigan-based study, which compared effects on patient choice of the industry decision guide with other decision aids, were published in Medical Decision Making.
“They were twice as likely to agree to use the proposed medication, but they knew less,” says Dr. Martin about the patients who reviewed the industry-sponsored material. “So if you’re much more motivated but you know less about the drug, you’ve got to really ask, ‘Well, why are you so motivated?’”