Influence of age and sex on functional outcome over time in a cohort of patients with recent-onset inflammatory polyarthritis: Results from the Norfolk arthritis register

Elizabeth M. Camacho, Suzanne M. M. Verstappen, Mark Lunt, Diane K. Bunn, Deborah P. M. Symmons

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Objective It has been found that women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a poorer prognosis than men. However, the impact of age at symptom onset is unclear. We investigated the relationship between these factors and functional disability in patients with recent-onset inflammatory polyarthritis (IP). Methods A total of 3,666 patients (66% women) were registered with the Norfolk Arthritis Register between 1990 and 2008. Functional disability was assessed using the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), adjusted for age at HAQ completion. Linear random-effects models were used to examine HAQ score over time, by sex and age at symptom onset (early = age
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1745-1752
Number of pages8
JournalArthritis Care & Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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