Factors affecting patient satisfaction related to cost and treatment effectiveness in rheumatoid arthritis: results from the multicenter observational cohort study, FRANK Registry

Toshifumi Fujiwara, Masakazu Kondo, Hisakata Yamada, Akihisa Haraguchi, Kenjiro Fujimura, Koji Sakuraba, Satoshi Kamura, Jun-Ichi Fukushi, Hisaaki Miyahara, Yasushi Inoue, Tomomi Tsuru, Toshihide Shuto, Seiji Yoshizawa, Eiichi Suematsu, Tomoya Miyamura, Masahiro Ayano, Hiroki Mitoma, Yojiro Arinobu, Hiroaki Niiro, Masanobu OhishiAkie Hirata, Shoji Tokunaga, Atsushi Takada, Daisuke Hara, Hidetoshi Tsushima, Yukio Akasaki, Satoshi Ikemura, Takuya Sueishi, Masakazu Toya, Takahide Sakuragi, Tomoko Tsutsui, Kazuhiro Kai, Shinkichi Arisumi, Yasuharu Nakashima

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Background: To further improve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment, it is necessary to understand each RA patient’s satisfaction and to identify the factors affecting their satisfaction. Despite the rise in medical costs for RA, little is known about the factors that influence patient satisfaction with the cost of treatment in RA patients. Methods: This is a multicenter observational study of Japanese RA patients from the FRANK Registry with data analyzed from March 2017 to August 2020. We collected data on demographic characteristics, clinical data, quality of life which was evaluated using the EuroQol 5-dimensional questionnaire (EQ5D), and patient satisfaction. The four categories of patient satisfaction were evaluated individually (i.e., cost, treatment efficacy, activities of daily living [ADL], and global treatment satisfaction). We analyzed the factors that affected each patient’s satisfaction, such as age, sex, EQ5D, disease duration, disease activity, and treatment. Results: This study included 2235 RA outpatients (406 males, 1829 females). In RA patients, “very satisfied” and “satisfied” were given for nearly half of each satisfaction aspect (cost 49%; efficacy 72%; ADL 58%; global treatment 66%) at the time of the initial registration. To investigate the factors influencing each satisfaction, multivariate analysis has revealed that the use of b/tsDMARDs increased satisfaction of treatment effect (odds ratio [OR] 0.66) and ADL (OR 0.78) but decreased cost satisfaction (OR 2.21). Age (50–64 years; OR 0.91; 65–74 years, 0.55: ≥ 75 years, 0.35), female (OR 0.81), and history of musculoskeletal surgery (OR 0.60) all increased cost satisfaction. Patients with lower disease activity and higher EQ5D scores had higher levels of satisfaction in all areas. Conclusions: In this study, patient satisfaction in terms of cost, treatment effect, ADL, and overall treatment was generally higher, but some patients were dissatisfied. The cost of satisfaction increased with age and a history of musculoskeletal surgery, while it decreased with a lower EQ5D score and the use of b/tsDMARDs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number53
JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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