Table 3 Stages of the process of deciding on treatment, as perceived by patients with rheumatoid arthritis
ParticipantStage 1 Recommendation of treatmentStage 2 ResponseStage 3 Testing of medicationStage 4 Evaluation of treatment decision
PatientDescription of signs and symptoms(a) Consent(b) Discussion(c) VetoGathering of experience with medicationEvaluation of treatment based on subjective perceptions
Decision about medication (eg, to stop treatment or to modify dosage)Giving feedback to physician
PhysicianRecommendation of treatment(a) Prescription(b) Explanation(c) Recommendation of an alternativeEvaluation of treatment based on objective and subjective parameters