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Towards the patient-centred care of rheumatoid arthritis

New research reveals that outcomes for patients with rheumatoid arthritis are affected less by pre-existing comorbid conditions than by socioeconomic factors. Future research should address the mechanisms of this relationship and develop holistic treatment approaches that reduce disparities attributed to socioeconomic status.

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Fig. 1: Directed acyclic graph showing complex relationships between comorbidities, clinical and patient-reported outcomes and patient sociodemographics in rheumatoid arthritis.


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G.S. is supported by the Russell/Engleman Medical Research Center for Arthritis.

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Izadi, Z., Schmajuk, G. Towards the patient-centred care of rheumatoid arthritis. Nat Rev Rheumatol 18, 367–368 (2022).

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