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Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Adults

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What To Discuss With Your Patients and Their Caregivers

In discussions with patients who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and their caregivers, topics related to the comparative effectiveness review? evidence include the natural history of RA, the role of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in reducing symptoms and improving disease control, the potential benefits and adverse effects of DMARDs, changes in lifestyle that can help relieve symptoms (e.g., diet and exercise), and ?patient and caregiver preferences and values regarding treatment.