Patient preferences for nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug related gastrointestinal complications and their prophylaxis

S. E. Gabriel, M. E. Campion, W. M. O'Fallon

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We conducted a pilot study examining the relative preferences for various nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug associated adverse gastrointestinal events and misoprostol prophylaxis for these events. Thirty patients with rheumatoid arthritis volunteered to participate. A trained nurse interviewer administered the structured pretested interview. Respondents rated 18 hypothetical health states on a category rating scale with anchors at 0 (immediate death) and 100 (full health for life). Linear contrasts were created to test the null hypotheses of equal preferences, using t tests for correlated means. Our results suggest that respondents place a high value on the avoidance of (in order of decreasing importance) surgery, hospitalization, prophylaxis induced diarrhea and uncomplicated ulcer requiring outpatient treatment. The avoidance of ulcer symptoms (primarily dyspepsia) and the inconvenience of an additional medication taken 4 times daily (in the absence of diarrhea) appeared to be substantially less important from these patients' perspective. Further work is underway to confirm these preliminary findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-361
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993



  • NSAID complications
  • patient preferences
  • prophylaxis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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