Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Imroved RA Treatments Have Led to 50% Reduced Disability and Emotional Distress

Nowadays, only 1 out of 4 RA patients are disabled after the first four years of treatment and the percentages of patients with depressed mood and anxiety have been reduced about 50%, according to a new study published today in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). That’s good news for patients diagnosed today whose treatment choices, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological, have improved since 20 years ago.

Not only have attitudes toward evidence-based medicine changed in recent decades, but treatment options have increased dramatically.  Rheumatologists are also more likely to recommend non-pharmacological treatments such as physical exercise to patients.

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Physical Disability and Psychological Distress in RA Patients Reduced by 50% in Last 20 Years

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