Rheumatoid arthritis progression could be affected by a patient’s personality.
Personality traits may play a key role in patients’ self-perception of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study inRheumatology International.
Leticia Leon, PhD, from the Hospital Clinico San Carlos, in Madrid, Spain, and colleagues examined 176 patients with RA to determine whether patient personality was associated with the acceptance or rejection of more aggressive early treatment. Eighty percent of patients were women, with a median age of 55 when disease activity began. The patients were diagnosed with RA by a rheumatologist from 2007 to 2012. A cross-sectional study was performed in Hospital Clinico San Carlos and Hospital de La Princesa where patients’ sociodemographic, clinical, and therapeutic variables were recorded.
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