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ISRN Rheumatology
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 437281, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/437281
Research Article

Measures of Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity in Australian Clinical Practice

1St. John of God Medical Centre, Suite 19/100 Murdoch Drive, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia
2Mid North Coast Arthritis Clinic, Suite 1, 18–20 Scarba St., Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450, Australia

Received 13 January 2011; Accepted 1 March 2011

Academic Editor: M. Harth

Copyright © 2011 Andrew Taylor and Hanish Bagga. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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