Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Minorities


Publishing date
23 Nov 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
06 Jul 2012

1Center for Autoimmune Diseases Research (CREA), School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of El Rosario, Carrera 24 No. 63C-69, 111221 Bogota, Colombia

2Padova Center of Excellence for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Diag. 53 C N. 27-41, 111221 Bogota, Colombia

3Unit of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases (UNERA), Mount Sinai Hospital, Miguel Cordero 6-111 y Avenida Solano, Cuenca, Ecuador


Rheumatoid Arthritis in Minorities

Description

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent chronic inflammatory disease affecting approximately 1% of the white population, particularly females (3 times more often than males). Because of its articular and extra-articular manifestations and complications, such as cardiovascular disease, infections, and osteoporosis, RA has a considerable impact on a patient's quality of life, with mayor physical, psychological, and social consequences.

Significant differences in terms of quality of life, prognosis factors, progression of the disease, pain levels, and comorbidities have been found in different ethnic or socioeconomic groups. As a result, a poor prognosis and higher impact in minorities is observed. In addition, both ethnicity and geography are important factors influencing clinical presentation and course of disease.

Besides, many patients with RA report problems with treatment adherence. These appear to be more prevalent in ethnic minorities. Furthermore, it has been described that limited health literacy is a common finding in rheumatology clinics and it is predictive of disease severity.

We invite investigators to submit original research as well review articles that will support and contribute to understand the influence of socioeconomic, ethnic, genetic, and demographic factors on the course of the disease. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • What the minorities are in terms of RA definition
  • The influence of the geographic factors on RA presentation
  • Educational models for minorities with RA
  • Clinimetric and self-assessment on the RA course and assessment in the underserved community
  • Ethnic differences and genetic factors associated with RA
  • Socioeconomic status and its association with RA
  • Impact of literacy and education level on the course of RA
  • Hygiene and hardscrabble hypothesis as an explanation of the RA presentation on minorities
  • The implementation of technology and biotechnology in the treatment of RA patients with sociodemographic limitations
  • Pharmacoeconomic studies in RA in minorities

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/arth/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 256493
  • - Editorial

Rheumatoid Arthritis in Minorities

Juan-Manuel Anaya | Adriana Rojas-Villarraga | ... | Claudio Galarza-Maldonado
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 137635
  • - Clinical Study

Work Productivity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Relationship with Clinical and Radiological Features

Rafael Chaparro del Moral | Oscar Luis Rillo | ... | Natalia Herscovich
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 864907
  • - Research Article

Autoimmune Thyroid Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Global Perspective

Jorge Cárdenas Roldán | Jenny Amaya-Amaya | ... | Juan-Manuel Anaya
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 371909
  • - Review Article

Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Literature Review in Latin America

Juan Camilo Sarmiento-Monroy | Jenny Amaya-Amaya | ... | Adriana Rojas-Villarraga
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 935187
  • - Research Article

Usefulness of Patients-Reported Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis Focus Group

Jenny Amaya-Amaya | Diana Botello-Corzo | ... | Adriana Rojas-Villarraga
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 943156
  • - Research Article

Proinflammatory Soluble Interleukin-15 Receptor Alpha Is Increased in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ana Cecilia Machado Diaz | Araceli Chico Capote | ... | Alicia Santos Savio

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