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2 Can we predict aggressive disease?

Authors
Journal
Baillière s Clinical Rheumatology
0950-3579
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0950-3579(97)80031-3
Keywords
  • Early Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Prognosis
  • Radiographic Damage
  • Physical Function
  • Mortality
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

This chapter will describe the reasons why prognostic factors that predict aggressive disease are helpful and what the problems are in interpreting studies in this field. A summary of cohort studies on prognosis of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis are presented. This is done separately for studies predicting radiographic damage, functional outcome and mortality. The overall conclusions of these studies and the value they have for the clinician are demonstrated.

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