Table 3

Attitudes and knowledge of DMARDs among 65 never-users
Never-users
What are some reasons you never started DMARDs?
 Never heard of DMARDs 17 (26.2%)
 Never been offered DMARDs 35 (53.8%)
 Do not need DMARDs 10 (15.4%)
 Afraid of DMARRD side effects 13 (20.0%)
 Taking too many other medications 8 (12.3%)
 Do not see physicians often 1 (1.5%)
 Other medical problems take precedence 2 (3.1%)
 Inconvenience 1 (1.5%)
What are some reasons you would use a DMARD?
 Stops joint damage 1 (1.5%)
 Relieves pain or swelling 12 (18.5%)
 Physician recommendation 8 (12.3%)
 If rheumatoid arthritis worsens 1 (1.5%)
 If the DMARD has no side effects 1 (1.5%)
Have you ever talked to a physician about any DMARDs?
 Yes 9 (13.8%)
 No 56 (86.2%)
Have you ever looked up information about DMARDs?
 Yes 1 (1.5%)
 No 64 (98.5%)
Do you know anything about DMARDs in general?
 Side effects 11 (16.9%)
 Benefits 1 (1.5%)
 Method of administration 1 (1.5%)
 Nothing 53 (81.5%)
Total missing 2

Of the 67 never–users, 65 answered these questions.

Brown et al.

Brown et al. Arthritis Research & Therapy 2014 16:R30   doi:10.1186/ar4459

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