We recently asked 374 members of myRAteam about their relationship and satisfaction with the rheumatologist or doctor who treats their rheumatoid arthritis. Overall, 57 percent are generally satisfied with their doctor, but 43 percent are not.
There is a high correlation between treatment satisfaction and doctor satisfaction. If your treatment isn’t working to control your RA, it’s unlikely you’ll be satisfied with your doctor. But treatment effectiveness isn’t the only driver. It’s clear that people who are generally satisfied with their doctors feel heard by — and have broader conversations with — their doctors than those who are generally dissatisfied with their doctors.
Here are some discoveries from the survey:
It’s clear from the survey that living with RA takes a toll on quality of life, from making it hard to sleep at night to the challenges of getting through the day at work and home.
As promised, we’re sharing the results of our survey with you, the members of myRAteam. Review the slideshow below to see more about what other people with RA are experiencing. Please post your questions and share your tips for dealing with some of these challenges. As always, we welcome your feedback, questions, and comments.