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Epidemiology and public health

Section edited by Edward Roddy (Keele, UK)

This section concerns all aspects of the epidemiology of rheumatological diseases, related systemic and inflammatory conditions and comorbidity, including but not limited to studies of disease occurrence, risk factors, outcomes and prognosis, and encompassing a wide range of study designs and methodologies.

  1. Chronic inflammatory diseases (CIDs; ankylosing spondylitis [AS], psoriatic arthritis [PsA], psoriasis [PsO], or rheumatoid arthritis [RA]) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative c...

    Authors: David P. Hudesman, Soumya D. Chakravarty, Bruno Emond, Lorie A. Ellis, Patrick Lefebvre, Kay Sadik and Jose U. Scher

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2020 4:16

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The relationship between food and health is known since the antiquity and in the field of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), mainly rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a large number of studies has been pub...

    Authors: Alessia Alunno, Elena Nikiphorou, Elena Philippou, Claire Daien, Dieter Wiek, Marios Kouloumas and Maurizio Cutolo

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2020 4:10

    Content type: Debate

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  3. As awareness for the importance of mental health continues to expand in rheumatology, it is important to understand the epidemiology of psychiatric complications in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) with the ultimat...

    Authors: Jamie YE. Park, Alyssa M. Howren, Enav Z. Zusman, John M. Esdaile and Mary A. De Vera

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2020 4:12

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Black and Hispanic patients with osteoarthritis have more pain and worse function than Whites at the time of arthroplasty. Whether this is true for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is unknown.

    Authors: J. Hirsch, B. Mehta, J. Finik, I. Navarro-Millan, C. Brantner, S. Mirza, M. Figgie, M. Parks, L. Russell, D. Orange and S. Goodman

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2020 4:17

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are autoimmune disorders associated with an increased risk for depression, anxiety and sleeping problems. The objective of t...

    Authors: Philip Brenner, Anna Citarella, Louise Wingård and Anders Sundström

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2020 4:9

    Content type: Research article

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  6. RA flares are common and disabling. They are described in terms of worsening inflammation but pain and inflammation are often discordant. To inform treatment decisions, we investigated whether inflammatory and...

    Authors: Daniel F. McWilliams, Shimin Rahman, Richard J. E. James, Eamonn Ferguson, Patrick D. W. Kiely, Adam Young and David A. Walsh

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:49

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The prevalence of mood disturbances such as anxiety and depression is greater in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients than in the general population. Given this association, the primary aim of this study was to ...

    Authors: Steve Peterson, James Piercy, Stuart Blackburn, Emma Sullivan, Chetan S. Karyekar and Nan Li

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:43

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Work and workplace factors are important in fibromyalgia management. We investigated factors associated with sick leave in professionally active women living with fibromyalgia.

    Authors: F. Laroche, D. Azoulay, A. P. Trouvin, J. Coste and S. Perrot

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:44

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The objective of this study was to develop an assessment tool, ReproKnow, to evaluate the reproductive health knowledge of women with a wide range of rheumatic diseases.

    Authors: Mehret Birru Talabi, Megan E. B. Clowse, Susan J. Blalock, Galen Switzer, Lan Yu, Alaina Chodoff and Sonya Borrero

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:40

    Content type: Research article

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  10. There has been much variation between epidemiological studies that report the prevalence of ankylosing spondylitis (AS). This study aimed to analyze the diagnostic prevalence rates and treatment patterns of ma...

    Authors: Jessica Walsh, Theresa Hunter, Krista Schroeder, David Sandoval and Rebecca Bolce

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:39

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Administrative database research is widely applied in the field of epidemiology. However, the results of the studies depend on the type of database used and the algorithms applied for case ascertainment. The o...

    Authors: Kati Otsa, Sandra Talli, Pille Harding, Eevi Parsik, Marge Esko, Anti Teepere and Marika Tammaru

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:26

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The role of self-care behaviors in promoting physical function, pain management, health status and quality of life among patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is well documented. However, there is no valid a...

    Authors: Haidar Nadrian, Yasna Hosseini Niaz, Zahra Basiri and Ahmad Tahamoli Roudsari

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:20

    Content type: Research article

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    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:35

  13. Good communication is central to a high-quality consultation process. We assessed the quality of referral information from primary care physicians (PCPs) to rheumatologists and the quality and timeliness of co...

    Authors: Jenna Wong, Karen Tu, Sasha Bernatsky, Liisa Jaakkimainen, J. Carter Thorne, Vandana Ahluwalia, J. Michael Paterson and Jessica Widdifield

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:23

    Content type: Research article

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    The Publisher Correction to this article has been published in BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:35

  14. With improved therapies and management, more women with inflammatory arthritides (IA) are considering pregnancy. Our objective was to survey rheumatologists across Canada about their IA management in pregnancy...

    Authors: Mary A. De Vera, Corisande Baldwin, Nicole W. Tsao, Alyssa Howren, Glen S. Hazlewood, Nevena Rebić and Stephanie Ensworth

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:18

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Adjusting medication of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) until predefined disease activity targets are met, i.e. Treat-to-Target (T2T), is the currently recommended treatment approach. However, not much...

    Authors: Celine J. van de Laar, Martijn A. H. Oude Voshaar and Harald E. Vonkeman

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:16

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Uncontrolled gout can cause significant joint and organ damage and has been associated with impairments in quality of life and high economic cost. Gout has also been associated with other comorbid diseases, su...

    Authors: Dena H. Jaffe, Alyssa B. Klein, Arriel Benis, Natalia M. Flores, Hagit Gabay, Robert Morlock, Dana Y. Teltsch, Jonathan Chapnick, Yair Molad, Shmuel M. Giveon, Becca Feldman and Maya Leventer-Roberts

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:11

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapy has been available for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients for several decades but data on the long-term risk of malignancy associated with its use is limited. Ou...

    Authors: Margaret P. Staples, Lyn March, Catherine Hill, Marissa Lassere and Rachelle Buchbinder

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2019 3:1

    Content type: Research article

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  18. To investigate the incidence and the mortality-rates of systemic sclerosis (SSc), its primary causes of death, and the temporal trends in events in Denmark during the last decades.

    Authors: Sheraz A. Butt, Jørgen L. Jeppesen, Christine Fuchs, Mette Mogensen, Merete Engelhart, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Gunnar H. Gislason, Søren Jacobsen and Charlotte Andersson

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2018 2:36

    Content type: Research article

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  19. There is increasing interest in the identification of people at risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to monitor the emergence of early symptoms (and thus allow early therapy), offer lifestyle advice to reduce the...

    Authors: Gwenda Simons, Rebecca J Stack, Michaela Stoffer-Marx, Matthias Englbrecht, Erika Mosor, Christopher D Buckley, Kanta Kumar, Mats Hansson, Axel Hueber, Tanja Stamm, Marie Falahee and Karim Raza

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2018 2:31

    Content type: Research article

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  20. This study analyzed visits for and factors associated with gout and gout medication treatment trends for the years 2007–2011 in the United States given the introduction of febuxostat, the first new treatment o...

    Authors: Kristen E. Castro, Kaitlyn D. Corey, Diana L. Raymond, Michael R. Jiroutek and Melissa A. Holland

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2018 2:14

    Content type: Research article

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  21. DAS28 is interpreted as the inflammatory disease activity of RA. Non-inflammatory pain mechanisms can confound assessment. We aimed to examine the use of DAS28 components or DAS28-derived measures that have be...

    Authors: Daniel F. McWilliams, Patrick D. W. Kiely, Adam Young, Nalinie Joharatnam, Deborah Wilson and David A. Walsh

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2018 2:8

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease which involves the loss of self-tolerance with hyperactivation of autoreactive T- and B-cells. Protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor...

    Authors: Adel M. Al-Awadhi, Mohammad Z. Haider, Jalaja Sukumaran and Sowmya Balakrishnan

    Citation: BMC Rheumatology 2018 2:7

    Content type: Research article

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