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released: 29 May 2013 author: AIHW media release

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most severe form of arthritis, affecting around 2% of Australians. Even though management of the condition has improved markedly in recent years, largely because of the availability of new medicines, people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely than those without the condition to report severe pain, poor health status and psychological distress. The size of indirect costs associated with rheumatoid arthritis, such as productivity losses and the cost for carers, are currently unknown.

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-426-5; Cat. no. AUS 171; 36pp.; $10

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Publication table of contents

  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Who gets rheumatoid arthritis?
  • How is rheumatoid arthritis managed?
  • How does rheumatoid arthritis affect quality of life?
  • What is the impact of rheumatoid arthritis on society?
  • Appendix A: Detailed statistical tables
  • Appendix B: About the data
  • Glossary
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • References
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of boxes
  • Related publications

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. A snapshot of rheumatoid arthritis. AIHW bulletin 116. Cat. no. AUS 171. Canberra: AIHW.

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