An exploration of patients' experiences of anti-TNF therapy

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Abstract

Objective:

To explore the experience of rheumatoid arthritis patients receiving anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy on physical, psychological and social well-being.

Method:

Seven patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who received six months of infliximab were interviewed in depth by one researcher to identify their experiences of this treatment. The interviews were tape-recorded and analysed using Colaizzi's procedural steps.

Results:

Four main categories were identified from the interview relating to the patient's experience of anti-TNF therapy. These included:

  • The impact of living with RA on physical, psychological and social function.

  • The influence of anti-TNF therapy on physical, psychological and social function.

  • The experience of attending for treatment.

  • The impact of discontinuing anti-TNF treatment.

Conclusion:

All seven patients experienced benefits from receiving anti-TNF therapy. These benefits were not maintained once the treatment period was completed. Copyright © 2004 Whurr Publishers Ltd.

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