[Higher prevalence of depression in patients with rheumatoid arthritis--a systematic review]

Ugeskr Laeger. 2011 Oct 10;173(41):2564-8.
[Article in Danish]


Chronic pain patients frequently suffer from depression. This systematic review finds that patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a higher prevalence of depression than controls without RA. Depression is related to pain intensity, passive coping strategies and disability. For patients this may result in a decreased quality of life and a shorter lifespan. For society it results in increased health costs.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / psychology
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression / complications
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Pain / complications
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / psychology
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life