The impact of smoking on disease measures in rheumatoid arthritis: the need for appropriate adjustment of time-varying confounding

@article{Gianfrancesco2017TheIO,
  title={The impact of smoking on disease measures in rheumatoid arthritis: the need for appropriate adjustment of time-varying confounding},
  author={Milena A Gianfrancesco and Jinoos Yazdany and Gabriela Schmajuk},
  journal={Rheumatology International},
  year={2017},
  volume={38},
  pages={313-314}
}
In a recent publication, Quintana-Dunque et al. studied patients with early onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and showed that baseline smoking status was inversely associated with disease activity and disability at 36 months. The authors conclude that smoking may not be as deleterious as previously considered in RA disease course. However, the authors fail to highlight several limitations of study design and analysis, including time-varying confounding, which may have a direct impact on results… CONTINUE READING

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