Advance and unmet need of health care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the German population--results from the German Rheumatoid Arthritis Population Survey (GRAPS).

@article{Westhoff2009AdvanceAU,
  title={Advance and unmet need of health care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the German population--results from the German Rheumatoid Arthritis Population Survey (GRAPS).},
  author={Gisela Westhoff and Matthias Schneider and Heiner Raspe and Henning K Zeidler and Claus Runge and Timm Volmer and Angela Zink},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2009},
  volume={48 6},
  pages={650-7}
}
OBJECTIVES To assess the quality of health care for RA patients in the general population of Germany. METHODS A three-stage population survey was conducted to identify individuals with RA using a health care access panel (18-79 years; n = 70,112). A 20-item postal screening questionnaire of musculoskeletal symptoms and diagnoses was followed by a detailed questionnaire for those who indicated the possibility of having RA. Respondents who fulfilled the modified ACR decision tree, who reported… CONTINUE READING

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