Initial Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Anna Gramling, James R. O'Dell

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The prognosis for the patient with newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has dramatically changed over the last two decades. If a patient is diagnosed and treated early by a rheumatologist with the goal of remission or low disease activity, half of patients can expect to achieve remission while taking their disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. This article discusses the initial therapy in early RA and reviews the studies and trials available in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-325
Number of pages15
JournalRheumatic Disease Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Disease-modifying antirheumatic drug
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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