High rates of therapeutic changes in patients with psoriatic arthritis receiving treatment with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs: A cross-sectional study

Frank Behrens, Jürgen Rech, Diamant Thaçi, Silke Zinke, Kieran J. Rothnie, Carolin Daamen, Jan Leipe*

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Objectives: To characterize treatment patterns for patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) currently receiving any disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). Methods: The Strategy for Psoriatic Arthritis In Germany (SPAIG) study was a retrospective observational study conducted from May to November 2017 at 46 rheumatology centers. Current and previous treatment data were collected at a single visit from adult patients with PsA and psoriasis who received DMARD treatment for ≥6 of the previous 12 months. The primary outcome was the proportion of patients receiving a biologic DMARD (bDMARD). Multinomial logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate associations between current characteristics and initial choice of therapy. Results: Mean age of the 316 patients was 55.1 years and mean PsA disease duration was 9.9 years. PsA activity was generally comparable across treatment groups. In this cohort, 57.3% of patients were currently treated with bDMARDs, 37.7% with conventional synthetic DMARDs, and 4.4% with targeted synthetic DMARDs. Almost half (48.4%) of patients reported DMARD modifications in the previous 12 months. Specific comorbidities and patient/disease characteristics were associated with initial therapy. Conclusion: DMARD treatment of PsA is frequently modified, suggesting the need for more effective therapies and assessment tools.

Original languageEnglish
JournalModern rheumatology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)
  • Centers: Center for Research on Inflammation of the Skin (CRIS)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-19 Dermatology

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