Long-term morbidity, mortality, and economics of rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Long-term morbidity, mortality, and economics of rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={John B. Wong and Dena Rosen Ramey and Gurkirpal Singh},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={44 12},
OBJECTIVE To estimate the morbidity, mortality, and lifetime costs of care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS We developed a Markov model based on the Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Aging Medical Information System Post-Marketing Surveillance Program cohort, involving 4,258 consecutively enrolled RA patients who were followed up for 17,085 patient-years. Markov states of health were based on drug treatment and Health Assessment Questionnaire scores. Costs were based on resource utilization… CONTINUE READING

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