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Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation; Department of Surgery

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Immune System Diseases | Musculoskeletal Diseases | Rheumatology | Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases | Therapeutics


To evaluate the impact of rituximab on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in a US-based observational cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients with active RA, prior exposure to > /=1 tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) and who newly initiated rituximab were identified. Changes in PROs were assessed 1 year after rituximab initiation. PRO measures included Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI); patient global disease activity, pain and fatigue (visual analog score; 0-100); morning stiffness (hours); modified Health Assessment Questionnaire (mHAQ; 0-3); and EuroQoL EQ-5D. Of the 667 patients who newly initiated rituximab, baseline PRO and clinical measures indicated that patients were substantially impacted by their RA disease and quality of life; 54% of patients had high disease activity. One year after rituximab initiation, 49.0, 47.1, 49.8, and 23.2% of patients reported clinically meaningful improvements in patient global, pain, fatigue, and mHAQ, respectively. Morning stiffness and EuroQol EQ-5D domains improved in 48 and 19-32% of patients, respectively. These real-world registry data demonstrated that patients with long-standing, refractory RA experienced improvements in PROs 1 year after initiating rituximab.


Biologics, Patient-reported outcomes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Rituximab

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Clin Rheumatol. 2017 Sep;36(9):2135-2140. doi: 10.1007/s10067-017-3742-2. Epub 2017 Jul 17. Link to article on publisher's site

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Clinical rheumatology

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