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This study aims to assess the perceptions of COVID-19 among patients with rheumatic disease. Among 2630 patients, 21% responded to the survey regarding their COVID-19 concerns. The highest-ranked concern among participants was that their medications would increase COVID-19 symptom severity. This concern was highest among those taking a combination of conventional synthetic DMARDs and/or biologic/targeted synthetic DMARD. Prednisolone dosage was not a concern. A majority of patients (63%) planned to continue taking their medications during the pandemic. Also, 98.4% found telehealth acceptable.
The authors concluded that, among patients taking antirheumatic drugs, concerns regarding COVID-19 were common. They asserted that proactive dissemination of information is vital to alleviate concerns, educate patients regarding medication risk, and assure medication adherence.
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
To determine health perceptions of patients with rheumatic diseases in the early phase of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Rheumatology patients at a single center received via text message the Australian Rheumatology Association COVID-19 information sheet and an invitation to participate in a deidentified survey. Patient concerns regarding risks conferred by their rheumatologic disease or medications, impact of receiving the information sheet on the likelihood of staying on medication, and acceptance of telehealth were ascertained.
A total of 2,630 patients received the text message, and the survey response rate was 21% (n = 550). The mean ± SD age of the participants was 52 ± 15.2 years, and 75.3% were female. Participants' highest ranked concern was that their medications would increase the severity of their COVID-19 symptoms (76.1%). The highest levels of concern were seen in patients taking combination conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and/or a biologic/targeted synthetic DMARD. There was no association between prednisolone dose and concern. While 63% of patients planned to continue their antirheumatic medications, a further 30% were more likely to continue taking their medications because of receiving the information. Telehealth was acceptable to 98.4% of patients, but 28.1% felt this was only appropriate while infection control measures were in place.
Concerns regarding the risk of COVID-19 among patients taking antirheumatic drugs are common. Proactive dissemination of information is needed to address misconceptions related to medication risk, improve medication adherence, and minimize the risk of flares. Telehealth is acceptable to most patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.