Erhalten Kranke mit einer aktiven chronischen Polyarthritis eine «Basistherapie»?

Translated title of the contribution: How optimal is the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?

Hans Heinrich Raspe*, Armin Wasmus

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The determination of the adequacy of an individual therapeutical regimen is part of the process evaluation of medical care. To evaluate the adequacy of individual antirheumatic therapy, we developed a five step procedure: 1. Assessment of the patient's health status; 2. assessment of his/her former and current therapy; 3. determination of the adequate anti-rheumatic therapy following an explicit norm; 4. formal comparison of current and adequate treatment; 5. clinical evaluation of possible differences between norm and reality. Due to methodological reasons we concentrated on the current treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (rA) patients with remission inducing drugs (RIDs; e.g. Chloroquine, Gold). The study analyzed the RID treatment of 75 rA-sufferers: 25 patients were referred to our outpatient department for the first time in late 1986; 25 patients were recruited from a social-medical study covering employed but actually disabled members of a major health insurance (AOK) in Hannover; 25 subjects were derived from an ongoing population study («prevalence and care of rheumatoid arthritis in Hannover»). Only 9 out of 49 (18%) patients with an active disease, formally in need of treatment, were currently treated with RIDs. Thus 40 out of 49 (82%) seemed to be under an inadequate treatment. From the clinical point of view this formal judgement was assumed to be false positive in 5 and false negative in 15 cases. In relation to the clinical judgement we found for the formal procedure a sensitivity of 0.70 with a specificity of 0.80 and an overall agreement of 73% (kappa 0.44).

Translated title of the contributionHow optimal is the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?
Original languageGerman
JournalSozial- und Präventivmedizin SPM
Issue number4-5
Pages (from-to)197-201
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 07.1988


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