Rheumatoid arthritis databases in Finland

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2005 Sep-Oct;23(5 Suppl 39):S201-4.


A tradition exists in Finland of longitudinal studies to analyze the long-term outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including early studies in the 1970s and 1980s of work disability and premature mortality in patients with RA and follow-up studies of early RA cohorts. This article reviews long-term observations from the Finnish RA Combination Therapy Trial (FIN-RACo), a 2-year multicenter randomized controlled trial which has been continued as a longitudinal observational study after the initial two years. We also describe the Central Finland RA Database, which captures most patients who have been diagnosed with RA since 1980 in a district of a quarter of a million people.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / mortality
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy*
  • Biological Products / therapeutic use*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Finland / epidemiology
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Rheumatology / methods*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Biological Products