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By Luis Fernando Perez 4th year Internal Medicine resident
Glen S Hazlewood, Claire Bombardier, George Tomlinson, Carter Thorne, Vivian P Bykerk, Andrew Thompson, Diane Tin, Deborah A Marshall
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the preferences of patients with early RA (ERA) with the benefits and harms of DMARDs. METHODS: We assessed patients' preferences using a discrete-choice experiment, an experimentally designed survey to measure trade-offs. Consecutive adult patients with ERA (<2 years since diagnosis) were presented 13 different sets of three treatment options described by eight attributes (clinical outcomes, risks and dosing regimens) and asked to choose one...
November 2016: Rheumatology
Juergen Rech, Axel J Hueber, Stephanie Finzel, Matthias Englbrecht, Judith Haschka, Bernhard Manger, Arnd Kleyer, Michaela Reiser, Jayme Fogagnolo Cobra, Camille Figueiredo, Hans-Peter Tony, Stefan Kleinert, Joerg Wendler, Florian Schuch, Monika Ronneberger, Martin Feuchtenberger, Martin Fleck, Karin Manger, Wolfgang Ochs, Matthias Schmitt-Haendle, Hanns-Martin Lorenz, Hubert Nuesslein, Rieke Alten, Joerg Henes, Klaus Krueger, Georg Schett
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the role of multibiomarker disease activity (MBDA) score in predicting disease relapses in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in sustained remission who tapered disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) therapy in RETRO, a prospective randomised controlled trial. METHODS: MBDA scores (scale 1-100) were determined based on 12 inflammation markers in baseline serum samples from 94 patients of the RETRO study. MBDA scores were compared between patients relapsing or remaining in remission when tapering DMARDs...
September 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Bruno Fautrel, Thao Pham, Toni Alfaiate, Frédérique Gandjbakhch, Violaine Foltz, Jacques Morel, Emmanuelle Dernis, Philippe Gaudin, Olivier Brocq, Elisabeth Solau-Gervais, Jean-Marie Berthelot, Jean-Charles Balblanc, Xavier Mariette, Florence Tubach
UNLABELLED: Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocker tapering has been proposed for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in remission. OBJECTIVE: The trial aims to compare the effect of progressive spacing of TNF-blocker injections (S-arm) to their maintenance (M-arm) for established patients with RA in remission. METHODS: The study was an 18-month equivalence trial which included patients receiving etanercept or adalimumab at stable dose for ≥1 year, patients in remission on 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) for ≥6 months and patients with stable joint damage...
January 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Serena Halls, Emma Dures, John Kirwan, Jon Pollock, Gill Baker, Avis Edmunds, Sarah Hewlett
OBJECTIVE: Stiffness is internationally recognized as an important indicator of inflammatory activity in RA but is poorly understood and difficult to measure. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of stiffness from the patient perspective. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews conducted with 16 RA patients were analysed independently by researchers and pat.ient partners using inductive thematic analysis. RESULTS: Six themes were identified...
April 2015: Rheumatology
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