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Table 3 Constituent components of the intensive management intervention and identified themes

From: Intensive management for moderate rheumatoid arthritis: a qualitative study of patients’ and practitioners’ views

Components of the intensive management intervention Themes
1. Monthly Appointments Monthly appointments acceptable
Access to services/consultant
Monthly appointments beneficial
Intensive management preferable to standard care
2. The Therapeutic Relationship Practitioners ‘fairly’ confident using motivational interviewing techniques
Patients and practitioners work on goals together
Importance of continuity of care
Provision of helpful information
3. Increased Medication Improvement in RA symptoms
Side-effects of medication
Treatment algorithm easy for practitioners to use
4. Patient Handbook Views on the content of the Handbook
Introductory use of Handbook
5. Shared Treatment Plan Views on the shared treatment planning