LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – , according to the conclusion of a study presented at the British Society for Rheumatology annual conference.
The study showed clear differences in functional and quality of life outcomes over time when comparing patients who achieved remission with those who achieved low disease activity.
Indeed, from baseline assessments to 12 months follow-up, HAQ scores fell from an average of about 0.8 for those in remission and 0.9 for those with a low disease activity index to approximately 0.4 and 0.6, respectively.
The physical component score of the SF-36 also improved from around 35 and 30 at baseline in the remission and low disease activity groups to just above 40 and just under 35, respectively, at 12 months.
Baseline SF-36 mental component scores were around 51 and 49 in each group, respectively, at baseline but improved to around 55 with remission and remained steady in the low disease activity group at 12 months.
“This is something you often don’t see,” observed, who presented on behalf of the lead author . Dr. Norton is a senior lecturer in the department of health psychology at King’s College London whose research interests lie in studying the psychological well-being and illness outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic physical illnesses.