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Increased mortality in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients can be partly attributed to an accompanying increase in cardiovascular risk. On account of the increased cardiovascular risks and chronic inflammation, patients with RA may be more likely to contract other conditions with shared risk factors, such as erectile dysfunction (ED). However, although previous studies have reported sexual dysfunction among RA patients,1,–,4 no study has explored the possible association between ED and RA to date. This study set out to investigate this putative association by using a population-based dataset and case–control design.
We conducted this study by using administrative claims data sourced from the Taiwan Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 (LHID2000). The LHID2000 includes all the claims data and registration files of …
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This study is based in part on data from the National Health Insurance Research Database provided by the Bureau of National Health Insurance, Department of Health, Taiwan and managed by the National Health Research Institutes. The interpretations and conclusions contained herein do not represent those of the Bureau of National Health Insurance, Department of Health, or the National Health Research Institutes.