Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) substantially impairs quality of life. Clinical trials generally focus on polyarticular PsA, but less is known about the assessment and management of oligoarticular and moderate PsA. An online survey was conducted to determine Canadian rheumatologists’ perspectives on the definition and treatment of oligoarticular and moderate PsA.
Regional and national experts treating patients with PsA were asked to complete an online survey to assess their approach to identifying and managing patients with PsA. Survey questions were developed based on guidance from a committee of Canadian rheumatologists.
Sixty-four of 78 rheumatologists responded, representing 6 major Canadian provinces. Nearly half of respondents were in practice > 20 years. The majority of rheumatologists reported using swollen joint count (SJC) to describe moderate PsA (86.4%) and oligoarticular PsA (96.7%), and considered location of inflammation in PsA assessments. SJC cutoff scores for reporting moderate PsA varied among rheumatologists, suggesting lack of an agreed-upon definition for moderate PsA. Sixty-eight percent of rheumatologists identified access to treatment as the greatest challenge with oligoarticular PsA.
According to the surveyed rheumatologists, SJC remains a key assessment variable when defining oligoarticular and moderate PsA. Although the number of joints is considered when determining the effect of PsA on patients, joint location and functional impairment are also considered when describing the disease as moderate. Access to treatment for patients with < 5 affected joints is challenging.