Early RA treatment helps for two decades

Treating rheumatoid arthritis early leads to less disability over the next two decades compared with late treatment, a UK study shows.

Following 602 patients with RA from the mid-1990s, researchers found those treated within six months of their first symptom had lower disability scores over 20 years of follow-up than those treated late.

“This supports the importance of the ‘window of opportunity’ construct for treatment,” the authors said.

And patients who received any form of treatment, either early or late, had