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Targeting disease remission has socio-economic benefits over low disease activity
Date:6/19/2010

only for patients but also for society on a wider scale. The findings reveal that remission is even superior to an almost perfect disease activity state, namely low disease activity, therefore our major task in treating RA-patients should be its achievement and maintenance"

Interestingly, researchers found that the emotional aspects of the disease activity measures were similarly reported in patients in remission and in low disease activity indicating that once disease activity or symptom levels are reduced to a certain level, emotional discord may stabilise.

Longitudinal analysis over one year showed significant improvements when comparing the two patient populations in the following areas:

  • Quality of life (EQ-5D); 0.89 vs. 0.80 (REM vs. LDA respectively), p < 0.001
  • Percent of overall activity impairment (WPAI) per year; 12.2% vs. 31.0%, p < 0.001
  • Physical disability (HAQ); 0.23 vs. 0.69, p= < 0.001

Significant differences between REM and LDA were not seen in the domain of percentage impairment while working (8.3% vs. 20.0% (REM vs. LDA respectively), p=0.096).

This study of 356 patients registered at the Department of Rheumatology at the Medical University of Vienna involved one cross sectional analysis (at a single time point) of RA patients, with 34 patients achieving REM (CDAI ≤2.8) and 66 patients achieving LDA (2.8≤CDAI<1).

* HAQ is a disability index used by physicians to measure an individual's physical functioning and assesses ability to undertake everyday activities such as dressing, eating and walking, and whether assistance from another person or disability aids is required. A higher score indicates greater disability.

The WPAI questionnaire measures work time missed and work and activity impairment due to a specified health problem during the last 7 days.

The (EQ-5D) is a health-related quality of life scale consisting of five dimensions (mobility, sel
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Contact: Rory Berrie
eularpressoffice@uk.cohnwolfe.com
44-790-151-3297
European League Against Rheumatism
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