Obstacles to the implementation of the treat-to-target strategy for rheumatoid arthritis in clinical practice in Japan

Yuko Kaneko, Takao Koike, Hiromi Oda, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Miyasaka, Masayoshi Harigai, Hisashi Yamanaka, Naoki Ishiguro, Yoshiya Tanaka, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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Abstract

Objective. To clarify the obstacles preventing the implementation of the treat-to-target (T2T) strategy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in clinical practice. Methods. A total of 301 rheumatologists in Japan completed a questionnaire. In the fi rst section, participants were indirectly questioned on the implementation of basic components of T2T, and in the second section, participants were directly questioned on their level of agreement and application. Results. Although nearly all participants set treatment targets for the majority of RA patients with moderate to high disease activity, the proportion who set clinical remission as their target was 59%, with only 45% of these using composite measures. The proportion of participants who monitored X-rays and Health Assessment Questionnaires for all their patients was 44% and 14%, respectively. The proportion of participants who did not discuss treatment strategies was 44%, with approximately half of these reasoning that this was due to a proportion of patients having a lack of understanding of the treatment strategy or inability to make decisions. When participants were directly questioned, there was a high level of agreement with the T2T recommendations. Conclusion. Although there was a high level of agreement with the T2T recommendations, major obstacles preventing its full implementation still remain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalModern rheumatology
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

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Keywords

  • Implementation
  • Obstacle
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat-to-target

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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