Ultrasound boosts patient adherence to RA treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are more likely to adhere to treatment if their rheumatologist uses Doppler ultrasound (DUS) to explain disease activity, an Australian study shows.

The researchers surveyed 21 rheumatologists who recruited 80 patients to undergo a consultation involving the use of DUS and visual aids. Of the 58 patients who had post DUS discussions with their rheumatologists, 95% of them believed it would encourage them to take medications as prescribed.