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Gout and rheumatoid arthritis are the 2 most common inflammatory arthritides. As hospitalizations for these conditions incur substantial resource use, hospitalization trends and associated costs provide key benchmarks of disease burden. However, relevant long-term data are scarce.
We evaluated US hospitalization trends of gout and rheumatoid arthritis from 1993-2011. We investigated these 2 arthritides simultaneously, as we hypothesized opposing trends (due to improvement in rheumatoid arthritis care and a worsening in gout epidemiology1 and suboptimal care2) and as each condition would serve as an internal comparison for the other.
Lim SY, Lu N, Oza A, Fisher M, Rai SK, Menendez ME, Choi HK. Trends in Gout and Rheumatoid Arthritis Hospitalizations in the United States, 1993-2011. JAMA. 2016;315(21):2345-2347. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.3517