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Abstract

The present investigation reports on the effects of a program of comprehensive care for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Five dependent variables representing indices of disease activity were employed in assessing the merit of comprehensive, continuing management when compared with conventional management, often episodic, provided in arthritis clinics. Over the short duration of the project, this controlled study suggests greater benefits for patients in the comprehensive program. Greater insight into the relative benefits of different management modalities may be provided for future projects of this type in which a longer period of observation is possible.