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Benefits of patient pathways in rheumatoid arthritis care.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with a significant social and economic burden. Each year it is responsible for 1.9 million GP consultations and 45,887 hospital admissions (Office for Health Economics, 2001; Department of Health, 2000). Around 40,000 adults in the UK are estimated to have RA and the condition accounts for more than nine million lost working days per year, representing an annual production loss of £833m (Department for Work and Pensions, 2005). Women are almost ...

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