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Second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke and its effect on disease activity in Swedish rheumatoid arthritis patients. Data from BARFOT, a multicenter study of RA
Research and Development Center, Spenshult Rheumatology Hospital, Oskarström, Sweden.
Research and Development Center, Spenshult Rheumatology Hospital, Oskarström, Sweden.
Research and Development Center, Spenshult Rheumatology Hospital, Oskarström, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6294-538X
2013 (English)In: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, ISSN 0392-856X, E-ISSN 1593-098X, Vol. 31, no 1, 122-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: We studied the prevalence and effect on disease activity of ever having had second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke in Swedish rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who had never smoked.

METHODS: Between 1992 and 2005, 2,800 patients were included in the BARFOT early-RA study in Sweden. Disease Activity Score 28 joints (DAS28), C-reactive protein (CRP), Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), rheumatoid factor (RF), general health and pain visual analogue scales (VAS), and drug treatment were registered at inclusion and at follow-up at 3, 6, and 12 months and 2 and 5 years. EULAR response criteria were applied at the same follow-up points. In 2010, a self-completion postal questionnaire was sent to 2,102 patients in the BARFOT study enquiring about lifestyle habits such as whether they had ever been exposed to tobacco smoke as a result of someone else smoking.

RESULTS: A total of 963/1,421 patients (68%) had had second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke. At 3, 6, and 12 months, at 2 years, and at 5 years of follow-up, there were no differences in EULAR response between patients who had never smoked and who had been exposed or had not been exposed second-hand to tobacco smoke (p=0.91, p=0.88, p=0.84, p=0.61 and p=0.85, respectively).

CONCLUSIONS: We did not find any association between second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke and disease activity in RA. © Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 2013.

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Ospedaletto, PI: Pacini Editore SpA , 2013. Vol. 31, no 1, 122-124 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32302ISI: 000315758500018PubMedID: 23101488ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84874891427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32302DiVA: diva2:1039953
Available from: 2016-10-25 Created: 2016-10-25 Last updated: 2016-10-28Bibliographically approved

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