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Seven year changes in health status and priorities for improvement of health in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
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    Half of rheumatoid arthritis patients discontinue the disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug therapy
    • Riina Kallikorm, MD; PhD; associate professor
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      • Margus Lember, MD; PhD, professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Tartu University, Estonia

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent study, Heiberg et al. [1] reported that in 2001 37% of their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients were using nonsteroidal antirheumatic drugs (NSAIDs); 15%, coxibs; 43%, corticosteroids; 48%, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs); and 3%, biologicals. In 2003 we performed a follow-up study on drug use and quality of life (QoL) in a cohort of RA patients who had been hospitalised in...

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