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Women and arthritis: burden, impact and prevention programs.

Authors
  • Hootman, Jennifer M
  • Sniezek, Joseph E
  • Helmick, Charles G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of women's health & gender-based medicine
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2002
Volume
11
Issue
5
Pages
407–416
Identifiers
PMID: 12173574
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Arthritis in general and selected types, such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythmatosus (SLE), and fibromyalgia, disproportionately affect women. The CDC, state health departments, and their partners are working toward improving the quality of life for women affected by arthritis. Effective, evidence-based interventions, such as self-management education and physical activity programs, are currently available and can reduce pain, improve function, and delay disability, but they remain underused. Future research should focus on improving earlier diagnosis and increasing access to effective interventions.

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