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Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa - Online First: 2019-09-24
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First steps to understand productivity loss in Portuguese patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Guerra M, Vieria R, Ganhão S, Rodrigues J, Fonseca D, Videira T, Bernardes M, Pinto P

Resumo

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), in consequence of joint inflammation and damage, is known to lead to productivity loss. Developments during the 21st century, such as biologic treatments, allowed remission/low disease activity to be achieved in more RA patients. Despite this, evidence is equivocal concerning work outcomes improvement. Our goal was to evaluate work status and productivity in a Portuguese population with RA from 3 Rheumatology Departments through the questionnaire Work Productivity and Activity Impairment General Health (WPAI).