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Rheumatiod arthritis prediction score

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Researchers have developed a new tool that could help nurse specialists determine if a patient is likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and should be given early aggressive treatment.

Researchers have developed a new tool that could help nurse specialists determine if a patient is likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and should be given early aggressive treatment.

The formula, created by Dutch researchers, is designed to help doctors and nurse specialists make a decision on when to prescribe disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), which have been associated with complications such as liver damage and changes to blood cell counts.

Using a prediction rule of 0 to 14, the team were able to accurately predict who of the 1,700 arthritis patients would go onto develop rheumatoid arthritis at the end of the year-long study.

Arthritis and Rheumatism (2007), 56, 433-440

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