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Rheumatoid arthritis in Australian women


The inflammatory autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is currently incurable and affects 23 million people worldwide. An effective intervention would minimise the need for ongoing treatment beyond the first transient symptoms in people at risk, preventing their progress to full-blown disease. To do this, we need to estimate the size of the at-risk population and the RA risk profile in Australia. Currently all estimates are self-reported, which over-estimates verified RA. This project will estimate the prevalence, incidence and risk factors for RA in Australian women in the ALSWH.