Healthcare Providers Underestimate Patients’ Glucocorticoid Use in Crohn’s Disease.

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Healthcare Providers Underestimate Patients’ Glucocorticoid Use in Crohn’s Disease.

Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Jan 19;:

Authors: Ghosh S, Bressler B, Petkau J, Thakkar RB, Wang S, Skup M, Chao J, Panaccione R, Schreiber S

BACKGROUND: One of the therapy goals for Crohn’s disease (CD) is glucocorticoid-free remission. Studies have shown care setting-specific variations in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management.
AIMS: The principal objective of this study was to assess concordance between patient-reported and physician-reported outcomes in two different care settings (IBD centers and community practices).
METHODS: Data of overall and long-term (≥ 3 months) glucocorticoid, immunosuppressant, and biologics use in participants ≥ 18 years old with a confirmed diagnosis of CD were collected. HCPs were grouped by IBD centers and community practices. Quality of life (using EuroQol 5D [EQ-5D]) and work/activity days lost were assessed. Agreement between patients’ and HCPs’ responses to survey questions was tested using kappa statistics.
RESULTS: Data from 812 patients were examined. Significantly more patients versus HCPs reported oral glucocorticoid use (25.9% vs. 20.8%, κ = 0.735, P < 0.0001). Long-term use of oral glucocorticoids was similar for patients versus HCPs (67.7% vs. 63.8%, κ = 0.598, P = 0.53). Immunosuppressant use was 52.4% vs. 51.1% (κ = 0.784) and biologics use was 49.5% vs. 47.0% (κ = 0.909) for patients vs. HCPs. Patients and HCPs reported greater rates of symptom improvement with vs without biologic therapy (patients: 33.3% vs 16.8%; HCPs: 29.3% vs 13.5%, both P < 0.001). Patients with versus without routine follow-up were less likely to be treated with long-term glucocorticoid monotherapy (10.3% vs. 20.7%, P < 0.01) and had fewer lost work/activity days (5 vs. 8 days, P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Patients reported more oral glucocorticoid use than physicians thought. Routine follow-up and higher rates of biologic use are associated with improvement in disease symptoms and general health among patients with CD.

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