Incidence of rheumatoid arthritis is not related to indicators of socioeconomic deprivation

Clare Bankhead, Alan Silman, Bett Barrett, David Scott, Deborah Symmons

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    Objective. To evaluate the role of socioeconomic factors in susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods. A prospective population based register of inflammatory joint disease (NOAR) recruited 687 adults between 1990 and 1992, of whom 50% satisfied ARA criteria for RA at presentation. Using census data, social class specific incidence rates were calculated for both sexes. A correlation analysis was undertaken examining the association between incidence rates and 5 indicators of socioeconomic status. Results. There was no trend of increasing incidence with declining social class. None of the 5 indicators examined showed any evidence of association with incidence (r(s) range 0.0-0.3). Conclusion. In contrast to the data on factors influencing outcome in established RA, the socioeconomic status variables examined did not explain susceptibility patterns in the population studied.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2039-2042
    Number of pages3
    JournalJournal of Rheumatology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996


    • incidence
    • rheumatoid arthritis
    • socioeconomic status


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