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Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have Increased Anxiety During COVID-19

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For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), anxiety increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, as did suspected depression, according to a letter to the editor published online Jan. 27 in Rheumatology.

Takahiro Itaya, from Kyoto University in Japan, and colleagues examined the prevalence of anxiety and depression among RA patients before and during the pandemic. Outpatients with RA were enrolled from May 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020; 108 patients completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.

The researchers found that before the pandemic, nearly 9 percent of patients reported definite anxiety, and this percentage increased to ...