Can severity be predicted by treatment variables in rheumatoid arthritis administrative data bases?

@article{Wolfe2006CanSB,
  title={Can severity be predicted by treatment variables in rheumatoid arthritis administrative data bases?},
  author={Frederick Wolfe and Kaleb D Michaud and Teresa A. Simon},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  year={2006},
  volume={33 10},
  pages={1952-6}
}
OBJECTIVE Administrative data bases provide rapid access to data regarding treatment and morbidity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A serious limitation of administrative data bases is the lack of information regarding RA severity, as in the case of lymphoma, where RA severity may contribute to the cause of the adverse outcome. We examined whether treatment variables could predict RA severity. METHODS We studied 7541 patients with RA who were participating in a longitudinal study of RA outcomes… CONTINUE READING