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  1. To develop an interdisciplinary care pathway for early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) including referral triage, diagnosis, and management.

    Authors: Xenia Gukova, Glen S. Hazlewood, Hector Arbillaga, Paul MacMullan, Gabrielle L. Zimmermann, Cheryl Barnabe, May Y. Choi, Megan R. W. Barber, Alexandra Charlton, Becky Job, Kelly Osinski, Nicole M. S. Hartfeld, Marlene W. Knott, Paris Pirani and Claire E. H. Barber
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:35
  2. We conducted this study to identify the influence of prolonged use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), glucocorticoids and other immunosuppressants (IS) on occurrence and outcome of COVID-19 in patients with autoimmu...

    Authors: Abhishek Patil, K. Chanakya, Padmanabha Shenoy, S. Chandrashekara, Vikram Haridas, Sharath Kumar, Manisha Daware, Ramya Janardana, Benzeeta Pinto, Ramaswamy Subramanian, S. Nagaraj, Yogesh Preet Singh, Shweta Singhai, Ramesh Jois, Vikramraj Jain, C. Srinivasa…
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:32
  3. The gold standard for skin thickness assessment in systemic sclerosis (SSc) is the modified Rodnan skin score (mRSS); however, inter- and intra-rater variation can arise due to subjective methods and inexperie...

    Authors: Patnarin Pongkulkiat, Bandit Thinkhamrop, Ajanee Mahakkanukrauh, Siraphop Suwannaroj and Chingching Foocharoen
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:33
  4. Gout and diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM) frequently co-exist. The pharmacological effects of metformin may include anti-inflammatory and urate lowering effects. The objective of this study was to test these effe...

    Authors: Frouwke Veenstra, Lise M. Verhoef, Merel Opdam, Alfons A. den Broeder, Wing-Yee Kwok, Inger L. Meek, Cornelia H. M. van den Ende, Marcel Flendrie and Noortje van Herwaarden
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:27
  5. To evaluate the efficacy for symptomatic knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) patients of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program versus usual care.

    Authors: Clémentine Marais, Yujie Song, Rosanna Ferreira, Safa Aounti, Claire Duflos, Grégory Baptista and Yves-Marie Pers
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:46
  6. There is increasing knowledge of how individual lifestyle factors affect patients with spondyloarthritis, while studies exploring the combination of unhealthy lifestyle factors are lacking. Thus, our aim was t...

    Authors: Elisabeth Mogard, Ann Bremander and Emma Haglund
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:29
  7. POEMS syndrome is a rare paraneoplastic syndrome caused by plasma cell disorder almost always lambda restricted. Secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon is an overlooked skin manifestation of the disease even though it...

    Authors: Fabio Torres-Saavedra and Lina León-Sierra
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:26
  8. This pilot study’s primary aim was to determine if oligoclonal B cell expansion in children with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) predicts response to Rituximab therapy. We evaluated: (1) tissue B cell depletion...

    Authors: Elisa Ochfeld, Victoria Hans, Wil Marin, Najah Ahsan, Gabrielle Morgan, Lauren M. Pachman and Amer Khojah
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:36
  9. The Invalidation Illness Inventory (3*I) is an instrument that assesses invalidation (including discounting and lack of understanding dimensions) experienced by patients with rheumatic disorders. This study ai...

    Authors: Banafsheh Ghavidel-Parsa, Mohammad-Javad Khosousi, Sepehr Tohidi, Ali Bidari, Saman Soltani, Habib Zayeni and Ali Montazeri
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:23
  10. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that is characterized by the overproduction of cytokines. Among the newly discovered cytokines are the adipokines which are primarily produced by and releas...

    Authors: Marjan Taherian, Simin Almasi, Saber Mehdizadeh, Banafshe Fazeli, Mahsa Kalantari, Paria Bayati, Salar Pashangzadeh and Nazanin Mojtabavi
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:25
  11. Previous research has provided evidence for cognitive dysfunction as a common symptom of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). In light of this, the primary goal of this study was to investigate how cognitive im...

    Authors: L. Langensee, J. Mårtensson, A. Jönsen, K. Zervides, A. Bengtsson, J. Nystedt, B. Cannerfelt, P. Nilsson, P. Mannfolk, J. Lätt, T. Rumetshofer and P. C. Sundgren
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:22
  12. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a heterogeneous disease with established poor prognostic factors such as seropositivity, joint damage, and high disease activity at an early, treatment-naïve stage of disease. Howe...

    Authors: Patrick Durez, Rene Westhovens, Femke Baeke, Yedid Elbez, Sofie Robert and Harris A. Ahmad
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:24
  13. Studying health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and treatment satisfaction have helped in understanding how to optimize rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatment outcomes and find ways to alleviate signs and symptom...

    Authors: Heba Abu Hamdeh, Samah W. Al-Jabi, Amer Koni and Sa’ed H. Zyoud
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:19
  14. Dermatomyositis belongs to an infrequent group of diseases predominantly found in patients older than 40 years old and is characterized by dermal and muscular findings. This disease presents itself as proximal...

    Authors: Adolfo Camargo Coronel, Francisco Javier Jiménez Balderas, Horacio Quiñones Moya, Mario Raúl Hernández Zavala, Pedro Mandinabeitia Rodríguez, José Ramiro Hernández Vázquez, Sandy Zamora Zarco and Sergio De Jesús Aguilar Castillo
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:20
  15. There are many FDA-approved corticosteroid preparations available for intra-articular injection, however triamcinolone hexacetonide is not one of them. It was the intraarticular drug of choice among pediatric ...

    Authors: Angela Chun, Lutfiyya N. Muhammad and Deirdre De Ranieri
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:18
  16. Culture-negative infective endocarditis (IE) constitutes approximately 10% of all cases of IE. Bartonella endocarditis is a common cause of culture-negative endocarditis and is associated with a high mortality...

    Authors: Arani Vivekanantham, Rikesh Patel, Petra Jenkins, Gavin Cleary, David Porter, Fareed Khawaja and Eoghan McCarthy
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:16
  17. Nemaline myopathies are congenital or acquired muscle disorders that typically present in childhood but can occasionally occur in adults with underlying malignant, infectious or autoimmune disorders. There is ...

    Authors: Christina Vogel, Poonam Manwani, Marcia E. Cornford and Emil R. Heinze
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:21
  18. The PROMIS Preference score (PROPr) is a new generic preference-based health-related quality of life (HRQoL) score that can be used as a health state utility (HSU) score for quality-adjusted life years (QALYs)...

    Authors: C. P. Klapproth, F. Fischer, M. Merbach, M. Rose and A. Obbarius
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:15
  19. There is increasing research focus on prediction and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Information about risk of RA is increasingly available via direct-to-consumer testing. However, there is limited un...

    Authors: Juhi Singhal, Imogen Wells, Gwenda Simons, Sabine Wöhlke, Karim Raza and Marie Falahee
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:14
  20. Although many studies have reported the predictors of fractures in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who are not receiving anti-osteoporotic treatments or who are receiving unspecified treatments, studie...

    Authors: Yuji Kishimoto, Yoshihiro Kato, Manami Uemura and Koji Kuranobu
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:8
  21. Over recent years the lack of patient involvement in the design, set-up and implementation of clinical research studies has been well recognised; as such there has been a drive within research communities to i...

    Authors: Hannah Jethwa, Melanie Brooke, Andrew Parkinson, Emma Dures and Nicola J. Gullick
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:13
  22. Shrinking lung syndrome (SLS) is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) characterized by decreased lung volumes and diaphragmatic weakness in a dyspneic patient. Chest wall dysfunction seco...

    Authors: Flavie Roy, Pat Korathanakhun, Jason Karamchandani, Bruno-Pierre Dubé, Océane Landon-Cardinal, Nathalie Routhier, Caroline Peyronnard, Rami Massie, Valérie Leclair, Alain Meyer, Josiane Bourré-Tessier, Minoru Satoh, Marvin J. Fritzler, Jean-Luc Senécal, Marie Hudson, Erin K. O’Ferrall…
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:11
  23. Behcet’s disease (BD) as a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the eyes, skin, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract and vessels. According to the literature, the exact value of C-reactive pro...

    Authors: Amirhossein Parsaei, Soroush Moradi, Maryam Masoumi, Fereydoun Davatchi, Anahita Najafi, Ashkan Mohammadi Kooshki, Abdolkarim Hajighadery, Massoomeh Akhlaghi, Tahereh Faezi and Hoda Kavosi
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:9
  24. Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and aggressive tumour with an overall poor prognosis. In October 2020, first line treatment with the PD-1 antagonist nivolumab and the CTLA-4 antagonist ipilimuma...

    Authors: Joanna Kefas, Catherine Harwood, Myles J. Lewis and Peter Szlosarek
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:10
  25. Drug coverage policies that incentivize switching patients from originator to biosimilar products may result in significant health care savings. Our study aimed to detect early impacts on health services utili...

    Authors: Anat Fisher, Jason D. Kim, Greg Carney and Colin Dormuth
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:5
  26. Estimating the burden of rheumatic diseases (RDs) requires proper evaluation of its lethal and nonlethal consequences. In Colombia, it is possible to find local data and Global Burden of Disease (GBD) reports ...

    Authors: Francy-Milena Cuervo, Ana M. Santos, John Londono, José-Ignacio Angarita, Juan C. Rueda, Rodrigo Giraldo-Bustos, Jesús Giovanny Ballesteros-Muñoz, Eugenia-Lucia Saldarriaga, Diana Padilla-Ortiz, Viviana Reyes-Martinez, Ingris Peláez-Ballestas, Diana Diaz-Jiménez, Pedro Santos-Moreno, Carlos E. Pinzón and Carlos Castañeda-Orjuela
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:7
  27. The Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of Switzerland (SVMB) aimed to implement physical activity recommendations (PAR) within their exercise groups (EGs). The PAR promote exercise in all fitness dimensions at...

    Authors: Anne-Kathrin Rausch Osthoff, Theodora P. M. Vliet Vlieland, André Meichtry, Leti van Bodegom-Vos, Beatrice Topalidis, Stefan Büchi, Irina Nast, Adrian Ciurea and Karin Niedermann
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:12
  28. Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex multifactorial chronic disease, the importance of human leukocytic antigen (HLA) as a major genetic risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis was studied worldwide. The objective o...

    Authors: Niaz Albarzinji, Sherzad Ali Ismael and Dashty Albustany
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:4
  29. Previous research has shown an unclear and inconsistent association between fatigue and disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to explore differences in “between...

    Authors: Grada A. Versteeg, Peter M. ten Klooster and Mart A. F. J. van de Laar
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:3
  30. Gout, an inflammatory condition, is characterized by the precipitation of monosodium urate crystals (MSU) in or around distal joints. The latter is caused by chronic hyperuricemia (HU)—high urate levels in the...

    Authors: Ali Alghubayshi, Alison Edelman, Khalifa Alrajeh and Youssef Roman
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:1
  31. We have here assessed the impact of demographic, clinical, and treatment compliance characteristics on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of Venezuelan patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We ...

    Authors: Fhabián S. Carrión-Nessi, María V. Marcano-Rojas, Sinibaldo R. Romero Arocha, Daniela L. Mendoza Millán, David A. Forero-Peña, Allen W. Antuarez-Magallanes, Soham Al Snih, Martín A. Rodríguez and Yurilís J. Fuentes-Silva
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2022 6:2
  32. Adult-onset Still’s disease (AOSD) is an autoinflammatory multi-systemic syndrome. Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a potentially life-threatening complication of AOSD with a mortality rate of 10–20%. E...

    Authors: Frédéric Muench, Martin Krusche, Leif Erik Sander, Thomas Rose, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester and Udo Schneider
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:60
  33. Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent among patients with osteoarthritis. It is associated with joint pain, stiffness and worse physical function. Whether vitamin D deficiency is associated with osteoarthri...

    Authors: Fiona Namutebi, James Kayima and Mark Kaddumukasa
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:56
  34. Patient education is integral to the treatment and care of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Change is taking place in the organisation of healthcare systems because of a demographic shift towards ageing pop...

    Authors: Line Raunsbæk Knudsen, Kirsten Lomborg, Mwidimi Ndosi, Ellen-Margrethe Hauge and Annette de Thurah
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:57
  35. Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a rare multiorgan system disorder that may present as a fatal complication of underlying rheumatological disease, including dermatomyositis.

    Authors: Marzieh Keshtkarjahromi, Sumit Chhetri, Amulya Balagani, Umm-ul-Banin B. Tayyab and Christopher J. Haas
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:59
  36. Composite responder endpoints feature frequently in rheumatology due to the multifaceted nature of many of these conditions. Current analysis methods used to analyse these endpoints discard much of the data us...

    Authors: Martina McMenamin, Michael J. Grayling, Anna Berglind and James M. S. Wason
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:54
  37. In addition to the well-known role of vitamin D in calcium homeostasis and bone metabolism, vitamin D is important in the modulation of the immune system and inflammatory processes. Vitamin D deficiency is com...

    Authors: Rosalie Magro, Christian Saliba, Liberato Camilleri, Christian Scerri and Andrew A. Borg
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:53
  38. Precision medicine, as a personalized medicine approach based on biomarkers, is a booming field. In general, physicians and patients have a positive attitude toward precision medicine, but their knowledge and ...

    Authors: Sophie Ruel-Gagné, David Simonyan, Jean Légaré, Louis Bessette, Paul R. Fortin, Diane Lacaille, Maman Joyce Dogba and Laëtitia Michou
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:52
  39. Improvements in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have made it possible to achieve treatment goals. It has been reported that both residual synovitis caused by RA and the patients’ subjective symptoms...

    Authors: Masao Nawata, Kazuki Someya, Masashi Funada, Yuya Fujita, Atsushi Nagayasu, Kazuyoshi Saito and Yoshiya Tanaka
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:49
  40. Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) may experience psychological distress (depression, anxiety) in addition to their physical symptoms. People with RA may also experience disease-specific distress (DSD), r...

    Authors: Linda Silke, Othman Kirresh, Jackie Sturt and Heidi Lempp
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:51
  41. Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMID) are characterized by systemic inflammation affecting the joints and bodily organs. Studies examining the association between individual IMIDs and the risk of Alzhei...

    Authors: Michael J. Booth, Lindsay C. Kobayashi, Mary R. Janevic, Daniel Clauw and John D. Piette
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:48
  42. A growing population of older adults and improved effective treatments for inflammatory rheumatic diseases will increase the demand for more healthcare resources that already struggle with staggering outpatien...

    Authors: Alen Brkic, Jung G. Kim, Glenn Haugeberg and Andreas P. Diamantopoulos
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:43
  43. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints, rheumatologic diseases, and disability among the Zoroastrian population in Iran.

    Authors: Ali Dehghan, Hossein Soleimani Salehabadi, Ahmadreza Jamshidi, Zohre Kamali, Mojgan Mali, Seyedeh Tahereh Faezi, Azarakhsh Baghdadi, Sogol Alesaeidi, Fatemeh Sahraei, Niloufar Azizi, Sanaz Zand, Sara Sadat Yasini, Maryam Namazi, Atefe Daya, Ryan Nazemian, Farimah Shamsi…
    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2021 5:46

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