Background Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) and Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) have significant impact on patients' lives and patient education is integral to the management of the diseases.
Objectives To assess the self-reported educational needs of patients with AS and PsA, and test differences across gender, age, disease duration and educational background.
Methods In this cross-sectional study, patients completed the Portuguese version of the Educational Needs Assessment Tool (PortENAT). Data was then Rasch-transformed to obtain interval-level measures of their educational needs which were summarized descriptively. Univariable analyses were used to determine differences between patient subgroups.
Results The study included 121 AS and 132 PsA patients (mean age =47.3 and 53.8 years; disease duration =15.6 and 14.4 years, respectively). Overall, patients with AS had higher educational needs than those with PsA (Table 1). On the domains' scores, age, gender and educational background had different effects in the disease groups; gender affected all domains, except treatments and support systems, with women expressing higher educational needs. Educational background had the strongest effect on overall score – higher education being related to higher educational needs.
Conclusions The educational needs vary by disease and demographic characteristics. Assessing individual patient education needs with tools such as the PortENAT may help target individual patient education.
Disclosure of Interest None declared