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Z Rheumatol. 2012 Sep;71(7):604-18. doi: 10.1007/s00393-012-1048-y.

[Systematic literature research for S1 guidelines on sequential medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis].

[Article in German]

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Rheumatologie, Köpenicker Str.48/49, 10179, Berlin, Deutschland. katinkaalbrecht@yahoo.de

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

On behalf of the German association of Rheumatology national experts developed guidelines for the medical treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the EULAR recommendations for the management of RA published in 2010. Current evidence was provided with an update of the systematic literature review (SLR). The methods and results of the SLR are presented in this article.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An update of the EULAR SLR for the medical treatment of RA was performed from January 2009 to August 2011. The SLR assessed all controlled studies dealing with the outcome in clinical aspects, function and structure of disease modifying treatment of RA.

RESULTS:

Out of 6,869 screened publications, 138 articles and 56 abstracts were considered in the development of the German guidelines on the treatment of RA. A modified set of recommendations was approved in a consensus of national experts.

CONCLUSION:

A systematic literature research provided current evidence for the German recommendations on the sequential medical treatment of RA.

PMID:
22930111
DOI:
10.1007/s00393-012-1048-y
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