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Delays in assessment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: variations across Europe
Rheumatology Research Group, MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Institute for Biomedical Research, School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK; Department of Rheumatology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.
Rheumatology Research Group, MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Institute for Biomedical Research, School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK.
Rheumatology Research Group, MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Institute for Biomedical Research, School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK.
Rheumatology Research Group, MRC Centre for Immune Regulation, Institute for Biomedical Research, School of Immunity and Infection, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK; Department of Rheumatology, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK.
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2011 (English)In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, ISSN 0003-4967, E-ISSN 1468-2060, Vol. 70, no 10, 1822-1825 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The first 3 months after symptom onset represent an important therapeutic window for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This study investigates the extent and causes of delay in assessment of patients with RA in eight European countries.

Method: Data on the following levels of delay were collected from 10 centres (Berlin, Birmingham, Heraklion, Lund, Prague, Stockholm, Umeå, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich): (1) from onset of RA symptoms to request to see healthcare professional (HCP); (2) from request to see HCP to assessment by that HCP; (3) from initial assessment by HCP to referral to rheumatologist; and (4) from referral to rheumatologist to assessment by that rheumatologist.

Results: Data were collected from 482 patients with RA. The median delay across the 10 centres from symptom onset to assessment by the rheumatologist was 24 weeks, with the percentage of patients seen within 12 weeks of symptom onset ranging from 8% to 42%. There were important differences in the levels underlying the total delays at individual centres.

Conclusions: This research highlights the contribution of patients, professionals and health systems to treatment delay for patients with RA in Europe. Although some centres have strengths in minimising certain types of delay, interventions are required in all centres to ensure timely treatment for patients.

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London: BMJ Publ. Group , 2011. Vol. 70, no 10, 1822-1825 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-47370DOI: 10.1136/ard.2011.151902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-47370DiVA: diva2:443642
Available from: 2011-09-26 Created: 2011-09-20 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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