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One in five patients with rheumatoid arthritis in England were undiagnosed during the pandemic, study finds

One in five patients with rheumatoid arthritis in England were undiagnosed during the pandemic, study finds

A new study has found that one in five patients with rheumatoid arthritis in England were undiagnosed during the pandemic. The study, which was conducted by the University of Manchester and published in the journal Rheumatology, surveyed 1,000 patients with the condition and found that 21 percent had not been diagnosed by a doctor.

The study also found that patients with undiagnosed rheumatoid arthritis were more likely to be female, of lower socio-economic status, and to have comorbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. lead author Dr. Emma Dick said that the findings were “worrying” and that the pandemic had “worsened” the condition for many patients.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints and can lead to disability if left untreated. The condition is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, and there is no cure. Treatment typically involves medication to reduce inflammation and pain, and physiotherapy to maintain joint function.

The findings of the new study highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, and the need for patients to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition.

One in five patients with rheumatoid arthritis in England were undiagnosed during the pandemic, study finds

A new study has found that one in five patients with rheumatoid arthritis in England were undiagnosed during the pandemic.

The study, which was conducted by the University of Manchester, looked at data from more than 1,000 patients with the condition.

It found that 19% of patients were undiagnosed, and that these patients were more likely to be younger, female, and from an ethnic minority background.

The study also found that patients who were undiagnosed were more likely to have severe disease, and that they were more likely to require hospitalization.

lead author Dr. Emma Clarke said: “Our findings highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, which can prevent the development of severe disease.”

The study was published in the journal Rheumatology.

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