Objectives: Sarcoidosis is a chronic, multisystem disease with often a major impact on quality of life. Information on unmet needs of patients and their partners is lacking. We assessed needs and perceptions of sarcoidosis patients and their partners. Methods: During patient information meetings in 2015 and 2017 in the Erasmus University Medical Center, we interviewed patients and partners using interactive voting boxes. Patients responded anonymously to 17 questions. Answers were projected directly on the screen in the room. Results: 210 patients and 132 partners participated. Sarcoidosis has a subjective significant impact on lives of both patients and partners. The vast majority of patients and partners feel regularly misunderstood because of the general unawareness of sarcoidosis. Many patients and partners experience anxiety. Three-quarters of patients would like to see more attention and support for their psychological problems. Additionally, more supportive care for partners of sarcoidosis patients is warranted. Interactive interviewing was considered educational (91%) and pleasant (84%). Discussion: This study improves awareness of needs and perceptions of patients with sarcoidosis and their partners. Sarcoidosis leads to anxiety and psychological distress and impairs well-being of patients and their partners. Attention for psychological support, better disease education, and more supportive care for partners is warranted.

doi.org/10.1007/s00408-018-0144-4, hdl.handle.net/1765/110073
Department of Pulmonology

Moor, K., Van Manen, M., van Hagen, M., Miedema, J., van den Toorn, L., Gür-Demirel, Y. (Y.), … Wijsenbeek-Lourens, M. (2018). Needs, Perceptions and Education in Sarcoidosis: A Live Interactive Survey of Patients and Partners. Lung. doi:10.1007/s00408-018-0144-4