We conducted an online survey across 6 countries to understand how doctors and patients talk about this category/condition. We surveyed 300 physicians across three specialties (GPs, Orthopedists and Rheumatologists) and 2,000 patients – some of whom had had osteoarthritis-related knee replacements, and some who had not. Areas of questioning included disease and treatment experience, as well as hopes for future treatments.
We learned that physicians are aware that cartilage loss plays a significant role in osteoarthritis and that so far there is no way to reverse the damage; therefore, they focus on pain management while remaining actively on the lookout for new treatment options. Patients believe that the condition will eventually improve on its own and that until then, pain is inevitable. Our research helped provide our client and their communications agency with the springboard for a communications campaign that successfully explained the relationship between pain and cartilage loss, and why this medication is a game-changer for both physicians and their patients
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