Predictors of frequent oral analgesic use in rheumatoid arthritis

Esha Das Gupta, Huey Shin Tee, Sakthiswary Rajalingham

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Objective: The main objective of this study was to determine the predictors of frequent oral analgesic use among Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients who were prescribed with the above medication on an 'as-needed' basis. Methods: Patients with RA were recruited consecutively from the Rheumatology outpatient clinics in this cross-sectional study. The sociodemographic data, frequency of oral analgesic intake, Patient Global Assessment (PGA) scores and HAQ (Health Assessment Questionnaire) scores were determined by interviewing the subjects. Subjects were divided into 2 groups; frequent users (3 days and above in a week) and less frequent users (less than 3 days in a week). Results: In a total of 112 subjects, 39 (34.8%) were frequent analgesic users. Both the HAQ and PGA scores were significantly higher among the frequent users (p < 0.05). Using multivariate analysis, the HAQ scores (p=0.015, odds ratio 3.161 [95% confidence interval of 1.246-8.015]) and PGA scores (p=0.039 odds ratio 1.291 [95% confidence interval of 1.012-1.646]) were found to be independent predictors of frequent analgesic use. Conclusions: Our study confirms that the frequency of analgesic intake in Rheumatoid Arthritis has a significant relationship with patient-reported functional capacity and well being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Analgesics
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Health
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Rheumatology
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Multivariate Analysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • Analgesic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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  • Medicine(all)

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Predictors of frequent oral analgesic use in rheumatoid arthritis. / Gupta, Esha Das; Tee, Huey Shin; Rajalingham, Sakthiswary.

In: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2014.

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