Annemiek Linn and Lisa Vandeberg collaborate on Reumafonds grant for project on implicit determinants of medication adherence

The Reumafonds has awarded a grant to Bart van den Bemt (Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen) who will work on this project with ASCoR collaborators Annemiek Linn, Lisa Vandeberg; Alfonds den Broeder, Els van den Ende (Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen); Liset van Dijk, Marcia Vervloet and Sandra Van Dulmen (NIVEL); and Mike Nurmohamed (Reade).

Annemiek Linn initiated the first study on this topic in collaboration with Lisa Vandeberg, Annemarie Wennekers (ASCoR), Bart van den Bemt (Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen), Liset van Dijk and Marcia Vervloet (NIVEL). The grant will be used to further explore the interplay of physician’s attitudes about medication (both implicit and explicit) on patient’s attitudes about medication (both implicit and explicit), the (dis)concordance of both and their influence on medication adherence and clinical outcomes. Knowing this, a more (cost)effective adherence communication intervention might be developed.

In this study consecutive patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (cDMARDs) in the Sint Maartenskliniek (Nijmegen) and Reade (Amsterdam) will be invited to participate in this observational cohort-study. Furthermore, all rheumatologists and residents working at the rheumatology departments of the Sint Maartenskliniek and Reade will be asked to participate in this study.

This study will be designed and executed in close cooperation with the Nijmegen Regional Association of Patients with Rheumatologic Disorders and patient partners in order to realize a patient oriented study design and patient oriented information materials.