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Early treatment cuts disability in rheumatoid arthritis, UK study suggests

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1948 (Published 20 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1948
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with disease modifying therapy early after symptom onset showed less progression in disability over time than those treated later, show the results of a 20 year follow-up UK study.1

Researchers prospectively followed up 602 patients (median age 56) with rheumatoid arthritis who were included in the Norfolk Arthritis Register. Participants were recruited from 1990 to 1994 and had their symptoms and disease activity assessed at baseline and at one, two, three, five, seven, 10, 15, …

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