Importance of obtaining remission for work productivity and activity of patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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Objective. To identify the factors relevant to work and activity impairment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Methods. In total, 1274 consecutive patients were included. Work and activity impairment were measured by the Work Productivity and Activity Impairment questionnaire, and related clinical factors were examined. Results. Work and activity impairment was reported by 67.4% of the patients. Multivariable linear regression analyses revealed pain and non-remission to be associated with activity impairment and presenteeism. Patients in remission had significantly less activity impairment and presenteeism than those with low disease activity. Conclusion. Remission achievement is essential for ensuring work performance and activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1117
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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