Table 6

Quotes supporting the ‘influential factors’ theme of patient perceived remission

Influential factors
Age33UK3 L:If you've got somebody in their eighties or somebody in their forties, their idea of remission is going to be different as well.
Side effects34UK3 I:It's quite hard because it's managing the disease level and activity, but it's also creating a whole range of other issues and problems as well though, …sometimes I think well is this the arthritis or the medication, or is it something else really, you know. Sometimes it's kind of masking things so it's quite hard to work out really.
35NL3 2:It sounds weird, but I think the medication is troubling me more than that the disease is.
NL3 4:Well, it doesn't sound weird, I have exactly the same
NL3 2:It's hard to say. Am I tired because the disease is active or is it the medication?
NL3 4:I have a lot of side effects. I don't feel well on the day that I take [drug name]
Comorbidity36UK2 G:I suppose there's certain things which I relate to my RA and there's certain things which I might relate to something else, I get back pain and I'm pretty sure it's because I fell over in a flume [red: theme park ride] as opposed to it being because of my RA.
Damage37UK1 C:I've had improvements but it's taken operations to give me improvements. But it's not only that, it's the deformity as well, so you might be in remission but then when your hands and your fingers go like that …
UK1 A:Yes.
UK1 C:How can that be … what can you do, even with remission? You're stuck with …
Disease duration38AT3 5:Regarding the disease activity, I've already experienced much worse and really dramatic phases during the whole course [duration] of the disease, too. Now, I can work perfectly, I can walk, so I feel really, really good…
  • RA, rheumatoid arthritis.