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Early management of newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis by Canadian rheumatologists: a national, multicenter, retrospective cohort.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature131696
Source
J Rheumatol. 2011 Nov;38(11):2342-5
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2011
Author
Ruben Tavares
Janet E Pope
Jean-Luc Tremblay
Carter Thorne
Vivian P Bykerk
Juris Lazovskis
Kenneth L N Blocka
Mary J Bell
Diane Lacaille
Carol A Hitchon
Avril A Fitzgerald
Wesley K Fidler
Arthur A M Bookman
James M Henderson
Dianne P Mosher
Dalton E Sholter
Majed Khraishi
Boulos Haraoui
Hong Chen
Xiuying Li
Andreas Laupacis
Gilles Boire
George Tomlinson
Claire Bombardier
Author Affiliation
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. ruben.tavares@sympatico.ca
Source
J Rheumatol. 2011 Nov;38(11):2342-5
Date
Nov-2011
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Antirheumatic Agents - therapeutic use
Canada - epidemiology
Cohort Studies
Disability Evaluation
Disease Management
Drug Therapy, Combination
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Physician's Practice Patterns
Retrospective Studies
Rheumatic Fever - diagnosis - drug therapy - epidemiology
Severity of Illness Index
Treatment Outcome
Abstract
To describe early rheumatologic management for newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in Canada.
A retrospective cohort of 339 randomly selected patients with RA diagnosed from 2001-2003 from 18 rheumatology practices was audited between 2005-2007.
The most frequent initial disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) included hydroxychloroquine (55.5%) and methotrexate (40.1%). Initial therapy with multiple DMARD (15.6%) or single DMARD and corticosteroid combinations (30.7%) was infrequent. Formal assessment measures were noted infrequently, including the Health Assessment Questionnaire (34.6%) and Disease Activity Score for 28 joints (8.9%).
Initial pharmacotherapy is consistent with guidelines from the period. The infrequent reporting of multiple DMARD combinations and formal assessment measures has implications for current clinical management and warrants contemporary reassessment.
Notes
Comment In: J Rheumatol. 2011 Nov;38(11):2287-922045932
PubMed ID
21885485 View in PubMed
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Time to disease-modifying antirheumatic drug treatment in rheumatoid arthritis and its predictors: a national, multicenter, retrospective cohort.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature121575
Source
J Rheumatol. 2012 Nov;39(11):2088-97
Publication Type
Article
Date
Nov-2012
Author
Ruben Tavares
Janet E Pope
Jean-Luc Tremblay
Carter Thorne
Vivian P Bykerk
Juris Lazovskis
Kenneth L N Blocka
Mary J Bell
Diane Lacaille
Carol A Hitchon
Avril A Fitzgerald
Wesley K Fidler
Arthur A M Bookman
James M Henderson
Dianne P Mosher
Dalton E Sholter
Majed Khraishi
Boulos Haraoui
Hong Chen
Xiuying Li
Andreas Laupacis
Gilles Boire
George Tomlinson
Claire Bombardier
Author Affiliation
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. ruben.tavares@sympatico.ca
Source
J Rheumatol. 2012 Nov;39(11):2088-97
Date
Nov-2012
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Antirheumatic Agents - therapeutic use
Arthritis, Rheumatoid - drug therapy - epidemiology
Canada
Cohort Studies
Comorbidity
Disease Management
Female
Fibromyalgia - epidemiology
Humans
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Male
Middle Aged
Osteoarthritis - epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors
Abstract
To determine the proportion of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) under rheumatologic care treated with disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARD) within 6 months from symptom onset and the components of time to treatment and its predictors.
A historical inception cohort of 339 patients with RA randomly selected from 18 rheumatology practices was audited. The proportion that initiated DMARD treatment within 6 months from symptom onset was estimated using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Time to each component of the care pathway was estimated. Multivariable modeling was used to determine predictors of early treatment using 12 preselected variables available in the clinical charts. Bootstrapping was used to validate the model.
Within 6 months from symptom onset, 41% (95% CI 36%-46%) of patients were treated with DMARD. The median time to treatment was 8.4 (interquartile range 3.8-24) months. Events preceding rheumatology referral accounted for 78.1% of the time to treatment. The most prominent predictor of increased time to treatment was a concomitant musculoskeletal condition, such as osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia. The significance of other variables was less consistent across the models investigated. Included variables accounted for 0.69 ± 0.03 of the variability in the model.
Fewer than 50% of patients with RA are treated with DMARD within 6 months from symptom onset. Time to referral to rheumatology represents the greatest component delay to treatment. Concomitant musculoskeletal condition was the most prominent predictor of delayed initiation of DMARD. Implications of these and other findings warrant further investigation.
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Comment In: J Rheumatol. 2012 Nov;39(11):2059-6123118276
PubMed ID
22896027 View in PubMed
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