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Characteristics of Difficult-to-treat Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results of an International Survey

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Although the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) recommendations on RA predominantly focus on early phases of the disease and on pharmacological management, a sizeable portion of patients can be characterised as difficult-to-treat (estimated prevalence around 5-20%). In order to develop adequate guidelines and recommendations for this population, a difficult-to-treat RA classification needs to be defined.

Roodenrijs et al. set out to define characteristics of difficult-to-treat RA patients via an online survey among rheumatologists. [9] This questionnaire consisted of 9 questions regarding the background of the respondents, aspects to be included in the definition of difficult-to-treat RA, and missing items on its comprehensive management in the current EULAR management recommendations.

Respondents answered questions on the necessity of incorporating the following items into the definition: disease activity level...



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