Table 5.1Mixed population (recent-onset and established RA)

StudyTreatmentFollow-upOutcomesResult – best treatment
Cochrane MA131 Level 1++Patient education vs no intervention1st and final follow-upJoint counts, anxiety, ESR, CRPNS
1st follow-upDisability, patient global assessment, psychological status and depressionEducation (p=0.01, p=0.03, p=0.01, p <0.001)
Final follow-upDisability, patient global assessment, psychological status and depressionNS

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