Seppen et al. developed a smartphone application for patients with RA to assess the safety and efficacy of patient-initiated care, compared with usual care. By answering a weekly Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) questionnaire, patients were able to monitor their own disease activity between clinic visits.
In a post hoc analysis of two clinical trials, Maassen et al. demonstrated that 40% of patients with early RA or undifferentiated arthritis experienced disease flare after primary glucocorticoid discontinuation despite background treatment with conventional synthetic DMARDs.
A study from Glerup et al. demonstrated that many patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis achieved drug-free remission over 18 years of follow-up and that remission rates remained stable between years 8 and 18 of the study period.
Similar patterns of inflammation occur in the joints of patients with inflammatory arthritis, but in each individual, arthritis affects only a subset of possible anatomic areas. Chang et al. set out to identify patient-specific anatomic patterns of joint flare to distinguish local from systemic drivers of chronic disease.
Using data from cohorts with detailed lifestyle data and lengthy follow-up, Hahn et al. demonstrated that healthy lifestyle behaviors are associated with a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), concluding that a substantial proportion of RA may be preventable.
1) Obesity & Treatment Response in RA Obesity & response to advanced therapies in rheumatoid arthritis Why was this study done? There have been questions regarding whether certain therapies for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are less effective in patients with obesity, particularly for tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, because adipose tissue is known to generate TNF,…
The treatment and management of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is ever evolving. Here Clifton O. Bingham, MD, discusses the application of RA guidelines, the most recent drug safety information and more.
Uzma Haque, MD, addressed the management of difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis, using patient case reports to demonstrate clinical decision-making, during a session of the 18th Annual Advances in the Diagnosis & Treatment of the Rheumatic Diseases symposium.
A EULAR 2022 abstract session looked at several studies that seek to increase understanding of RA pathogenesis & identify patients at risk for disease progression.
Dr. Jacob van Laar took a deep dive into the what defines difficult-to-treat rheumatoid arthritis & how to approach these patients during EULAR 2022.