Epidemiology of rheumatoid arthritis

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 1995 Aug;21(3):589-604.


Rheumatoid arthritis is a relatively common disorder that affects men and women at the prime of their lives. Only 30% of the causes of rheumatoid arthritis can be attributed to genetic factors; the rest remain unexplained. Descriptive and analytic epidemiologic methods may lead to a better understanding of the causative, precipitating, and modulatory factors in rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / epidemiology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / etiology
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / genetics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Morbidity
  • Prevalence
  • Survival Rate