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In order to determine the burden of inflammatory rheumatic diseases across Europe, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) unique-methodology prevalence survey of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritis (SpA) was carried out in several European countries, including Serbia. Aiming to enable comparable results, it comprised a common two-stage approach: a detection phase (validated screening telephone questionnaire, primarily tested in France1 ,2) and a confirmation phase (according to a certified rheumatologist or, for previously non-diagnosed cases, a rheumatology examination).
The Serbian SpA prevalence survey was conducted by 30 trained interviewers on urban population in four Serbian towns: Belgrade (north), and Čačak, Kruševac and Užice (south), by telephone (every 100th telephone number) from April to October 2008. The sample covered 36.5% of the total Serbian population with more than 99% Caucasians, mostly orthodox Serbs (83%), <4% Hungarians, Gypsies and Bosnians and a minority of other nationalities. Respondents were asked whether they have (or …
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