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Mayo Clin Proc. 2012 Jul;87(7):659-73. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.03.011.

My treatment approach to rheumatoid arthritis.

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Division of Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA. davis.john4@mayo.edu

Abstract

The past decade has brought important advances in the understanding of rheumatoid arthritis and its management and treatment. New classification criteria for rheumatoid arthritis, better definitions of treatment outcome and remission, and the introduction of biologic response-modifying drugs designed to inhibit the inflammatory process have greatly altered the approach to managing this disease. More aggressive management of rheumatoid arthritis early after diagnosis and throughout the course of the disease has resulted in improvement in patient functioning and quality of life, reduction in comorbid conditions, and enhanced survival.

PMID:
22766086
PMCID:
PMC3538478
DOI:
10.1016/j.mayocp.2012.03.011
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