Medical help for flares a “last resort”

RA patients tend to seek medical help for disease flares as a last resort, research shows.

Instead patients prefered to use self management strategies as a way of coping, only seeking out help when they feel they are losing control, the qualitative study of 15 RA patients found.

Living with RA usually meant moving back and forth along a continuum from RA being in the background to becoming aware of increasing symptoms in the foreground, the researchers from the University of Bristol found.

It was during these times that patients employed crisis management techniques in