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Joint destruction in early rheumatoid arthritis over 8 years is similar in women and men despite apparently higher disease activity and poorer function in women

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  • The BARFOT study group M Ahlmén, M Andersson, S Bergman, K Dackhammar, K Forslind, I Hafström, C Keller, I Leden, B Lindell, I Petersson, C Schaufelberger, M Söderlin, B Svensson, A Teleman and J Theander.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Karolinska Institutet.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.