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Trends in economic consequences of rheumatoid arthritis over two subsequent years

Verstappen, S. M., Jacobs, J. W., Kruize, A. A., Ehrlich, J. C., van Albada-Kuipers, G. A., Verkleij, H., Buskens, E. & Bijlsma, J. W. J., 2007, In : Rheumatology. 46, 6, p. 968-974 7 p.

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  • S.M. Verstappen
  • J.W. Jacobs
  • A.A. Kruize
  • J.C. Ehrlich
  • G.A. van Albada-Kuipers
  • H. Verkleij
  • E. Buskens
  • J.W.J Bijlsma
OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in direct costs and in working status over 2 yrs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In both 1999 and 2000, RA patients (n = 461) filled out a questionnaire retrospectively regarding utilization of health care, other RA-related direct costs and working status. Patients were categorized into four disease duration groups: 0-2 yrs, 2-6 yrs, 6-10 yrs and >10 yrs. At the same time points, disease activity was assessed. Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify a possible association between disease activity (high >66th percentile) measured at start of the second year and high direct costs (high >66th percentile) in the second year. RESULTS: Compared with the first year, a significant decrease in the costs for contacts with health care workers and for costs for laboratory tests was observed in the second year for the
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-974
Number of pages7
JournalRheumatology
Volume46
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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