Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common chronic condition that impacts on patients' health related quality of life. Furthermore, RA has been associated with reduced life expectancy as it increases the risk of death from various causes including cardiovascular disease, and infections. Effective medications exist to control RA but only if used within a window period In the UK, we have found prolonged delays in patients' seeking medical help amongst the South Asian RA patients which could have consequences on disease outcome and treatment. Treatments such as disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) have side effects and patients do not always adhere to them. It has been shown that culturally related health beliefs can influence medication adherence in chronic disease and this may affect long term outcomes. In the UK, South Asian patients with RA have been shown to have different beliefs about medicines from White patients. To fully engage patients from these minority ethnic backgrounds in RA management, it is important to know how health beliefs interact with perceptions about the disease and medicines used to treat it. This session will uncover some of the issues in patients' journey.
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