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Examining rheumatoid arthritis patients' trust in their provider over time: the effects of demographic factors and accessing sources of information.

Salt E, Rayens MK, Kerr AM, Alikhan M, Crofford LJ
Orthop Nurs. 2015 34 (3): 159-65

PMID: 25989126 · DOI:10.1097/NOR.0000000000000145

BACKGROUND - Patients who trust their providers have better health outcomes; a trusting patient-provider relationship is needed for optimal management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune disease.

PURPOSES/METHODS - An observational study design (N = 100 RA patients) was used to:

RESULTS - : Patients' trust in their providers decreased over time. Less-educated persons and those who accessed information from the Internet reported less trust in their providers. Patients who consulted a larger number of information sources rated trust in their provider more positively.

CONCLUSION - RA patients' trust in providers is a dynamic construct influenced by education and health information.

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Arthritis, Rheumatoid Demography Female Humans Information Services Male Trust

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