Early rheumatoid arthritis in Finland

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003 Sep-Oct;21(5 Suppl 31):S133-7.


The first Finnish early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cohort was established in 1973-75 at the Rheumatism Foundation Hospital in Heinola, a hospital for rheumatic diseases only. Since then early RA cohorts for the purposes of longitudinal observation have been established at the Jyväskylä Central Hospital and Helsinki University Hospital. Furthermore, 199 patients with early RA were enrolled in a multicenter randomized controlled study in 1993-95. The primary observations from these cohorts are summarized in this essay.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / epidemiology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy
  • Cohort Studies
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain Measurement
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Risk Assessment
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Distribution