Survey on attitudes regarding EULAR recommendations for the role of nurses involved in medical care of patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis in Japan

Mie Fusama, Hideko Nakahara*, Yvonne van Eijk-Hustings, Susan Oliver, Tsutomu Takeuchi

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Objective: We seek to evaluate the opinions of nurses and doctors in Japan regarding EULAR recommendations for nurses' roles in the management of chronic inflammatory arthritis.

Methods: This is a cross-sectional survey within Japan. We randomly selected nurses and doctors engaged in consultation of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and assessed their agreement and opinions on the feasibility of implementing EULAR recommendations, including potential barriers.

Results: 431 nurses and 128 doctors completed the questionnaire. For both nurses and doctors, levels of feasibility showed statistically significant lower results compared with those of agreement for all items. When compared between nurses and doctors, agreement showed no statistically significant differences, while nurses' answers were statistically significant lower for feasibility. Insufficient time, staff and knowledge, lack of established procedures and facilities, and lack of an education system for nurses were cited as barriers to the feasibility of implementing EULAR recommendations.

Conclusions: This is the first survey within Japan evaluating opinions regarding EULAR recommendations for nurses' roles. We found that while agreement was high, feasibility was generally believed to be low. We recommend further research and collaboration between medical professionals in order to implement these recommendations in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)886-893
Number of pages8
JournalModern Rheumatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Education
  • EULAR recommendations
  • Nurses' role
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat to target

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