Table 1

Characteristics of the clinician, patient and consultation

Clinician (n=22)
Rheumatology centre, n (%)
 Reade7 (32)
 The Sint Maartenskliniek15 (68)
Sex, n (%)
 Male16 (73)
 Female6 (27)
Age in years, mean (SD)48 (8.3)
Profession, n (%)
 Rheumatologist20 (91)
 Physician assistant2 (9)
Work experience in years, mean (SD)15.7 (9.1)
Patient (n=168)
Rheumatology centre, n (%)
 Reade47 (28)
 The Sint Maartenskliniek121 (72)
Sex, n (%)
 Male52 (31)
 Female116 (69)
Age in years, mean (SD)61.2 (11.4)
Educational level*†, n (%)
 Low38 (23)
 Medium71 (43)
 High55 (34)
Disease duration in years, median (IQR)9 (4–16.5)
Comorbidities, n (%)
 No39 (23)
 Yes129 (77)
Number of synthetic DMARDs in use, n (%)
 1136 (81)
 226 (16)
 36 (4)
Use of biologicals, n (%)
 No116 (69)
 Yes52 (31)
Use of glucocorticoids, n (%)
 No134 (80)
 Yes34 (20)
Medication beliefs, necessity subscale, mean (SD)19.8 (3.5)
Medication beliefs, concerns subscale, mean (SD)13.8 (3.9)
Functional status†, mean (SD)1.7 (0.6)
Consultation (n=168)
Duration in minutes, median (IQR)9.0 (6.8–11.3)
Type of treatment decision, n (%)
 Stopping and/or starting medication9 (5)
 Adjusting medication doses40 (24)
 Administering single dose glucocorticoids19 (11)
 Continuing medication100 (60)
  • *Educational level: low—up to and including lower technical and vocational training, medium—up to and including secondary technical and vocational training, high—up to and including higher vocational training and university.

  • †Missing values <3%.

  • DMARDs, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs.