Prevalence and incidence in patients with autoimmune rheumatic diseases: A nation-wide population-based study in Taiwan
Arthritis Care & Research , 08/20/2012
Yu KH et al. – In 2000, the prevalence of major autoimmune rheumatic diseases (ARDs) were 1.4 to 52.4 per 100,000 persons in Taiwan. Between 2000 and 2008, the incidence rates of various ARDs were 0.8 to 17.3 per 100,000 person–years. The prevalence and incidence of rheumatoid arthritis was the highest, followed by systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren syndrome, and those of Behcet disease were the lowest. Patients with different types of ARDs had higher mortality and standardised mortality ratio than those of the general population.