Work disability remains a major problem in rheumatoid arthritis in the 2000s: data from 32 countries in the QUEST-RA study.

Tuulikki Sokka, Hannu Kautiainen, Theodore Pincus, Suzanne M M Verstappen, Amita Aggarwal, Rieke Alten, Daina Andersone, Humeira Badsha, Eva Baecklund, Miguel Belmonte, Jürgen Craig-Müller, Licia Maria Henrique da Mota, Alexander Dimic, Nihal A Fathi, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Wataru Fukuda, Pál Géher, Feride Gogus, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni, Hisham HamoudGlenn Haugeberg, Dan Henrohn, Kim Horslev-Petersen, Ruxandra Ionescu, Dmitry Karateew, Reet Kuuse, Ieda Maria Magalhaes Laurindo, Juris Lazovskis, Reijo Luukkainen, Ayman Mofti, Eithne Murphy, Ayako Nakajima, Omondi Oyoo, Sapan C Pandya, Christof Pohl, Denisa Predeteanu, Mjellma Rexhepi, Sylejman Rexhepi, Banwari Sharma, Eisuke Shono, Jean Sibilia, Stanislaw Sierakowski, Fotini N Skopouli, Sigita Stropuviene, Sergio Toloza, Ivo Valter, Anthony Woolf, Hisashi Yamanaka, Merete Lund Hetland, Lykke Midtbøll Ørnbjerg

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    Abstract

    INTRODUCTION: Work disability is a major consequence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), associated not only with traditional disease activity variables, but also more significantly with demographic, functional, occupational, and societal variables. Recent reports suggest that the use of biologic agents offers potential for reduced work disability rates, but the conclusions are based on surrogate disease activity measures derived from studies primarily from Western countries. METHODS: The Quantitative Standard Monitoring of Patients with RA (QUEST-RA) multinational database of 8,039 patients in 86 sites in 32 countries, 16 with high gross domestic product (GDP) (>24K US dollars (USD) per capita) and 16 low-GDP countries (
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWork disability remains a major problem in rheumatoid arthritis in the 2000s: data from 32 countries in the QUEST-RA study.
    Publication date2010
    PagesR42
    ISBN (Print)1478-6362 (Electronic)\r1478-6354 (Linking)
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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