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Date:6/18/2010

ikki Sokka, Jyvskyl Central Hospital, Jyvskyl, Finland and lead author of both analyses. "Our study group, QUEST-RA, was put together as a collaborative international study of RA and consequently, it sheds light on the true international variations and related economic factors that affect the treatment of RA across the world."

Professor Paul Emery, President of EULAR and arc Professor of Rheumatology, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Leeds, UK said "The results of these studies have painted a clear picture of the impact that macro-economy of the country has on the treatments available for patients. EULAR is a partnership organisation of people with arthritis and rheumatism in Europe and clinicians, researchers, health professionals and will continue to work for equal access to effective treatments across Europe."

Study design

The multinational study (SAT0515) assessed 3,394 RA patients (80% female, mean age 57 years) from 18 countries (11 rich, 7 poor) who had 4-5 year follow up data available for review, using the QUEST-RA database which includes patient data from 86 sites in 32 countries.

The second study (SAT0051) utilized all available data from 8,039 patients from the QUEST-RA database, (16 rich countries, 16 poor). PROs including measures to assess HAQ and visual analogue scales for pain (including the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data3 (RAPID3) and Disease Activity Score (DAS28)) were used to gain feedback direct from the patient on the physical function limitations and experience of pain associated with their condition.


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