Effective rheumatoid arthritis treatment requires comprehensive management strategies

Arthritis Res Ther. 2009;11(6):138. doi: 10.1186/ar2872. Epub 2009 Dec 21.


Work by Lee and colleagues has shown that decreased sleep quality and increased psychiatric distress increase pain sensitivity at both articular and nonarticular sites in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. This work is consistent with prior studies showing that factors independent of RA disease activity can influence RA outcome measures. Owing to increasing pressure on rheumatologists to use outcome measures to inform treatment decisions, the work by Lee and colleagues highlights the need for comprehensive RA management strategies to understand and address the human factors that influence outcomes measures. Such strategies will ensure appropriate use of increasingly expensive therapies while maximizing patient satisfaction and reimbursement.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology*
  • Fibromyalgia / complications
  • Humans
  • Pain Threshold
  • Severity of Illness Index


  • Antirheumatic Agents