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dc.contributor.authorVillafrádez-Díaz, Magaly
dc.contributor.authorSantiago-Casas, Yesenia
dc.contributor.authorNieves-Plaza, Mariely
dc.contributor.authorMorales, Myraida
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez, Vanessa
dc.contributor.authorRíos, Grissel
dc.contributor.authorMartínez, David
dc.contributor.authorVilá, Luis
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-21T21:33:46Z
dc.date.available2015-11-21T21:33:46Z
dc.date.issued2014-03
dc.identifier.citationPRHSJ Vol. 33 No. 1 • March, 2014
dc.identifier.issn0738-0658
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2749
dc.description.abstractObjective: Statins, which appear to have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, may benefit patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA ). Our study sought to determine the association of statins use with disease activity and functional status in a group of patients with RA . Methods: A cross-sectional study was performed in 209 Puerto Ricans with RA (per the 1987 classification criteria of the American College of Rheumatology). Demographic features, lifestyle-related behaviors, disease activity (per Disease Activity Score 28), comorbid conditions, functional status (per Health Assessment Questionnaire), pharmacologic therapy, and patients’ and physicians’ global assessments using visual analogue scales, were determined. Data were examined using univariate, bivariate, and multiple logistic regression analyses. Results: The mean (standard deviation [SD]) age of the study population at study visit was 56.8 (13.5) years (range: 24-86 years); 175 patients (83.7%) were women. The mean (SD) disease duration was 10.4 (9.5) years (range: 0.0-44.0 years). Thirtytwo (15.3%) patients were using statins at study visit, and 36 (17.2%) had used statins in the past. In the multivariable analysis, the current use of statins was associated with higher functional status (odds ratio 0.42, 95% confidence interval 0.22-0.80) than was nonuse, after adjusting for age, disease duration, arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, and dyslipidemia. No association between either current or past use of statins and disease activity was found. Conclusion: In this group of RA patients, the current use of statins was associated with a higher functional status; conversely, no association was found between statins use and disease activity. However, larger and longitudinal studies are required to confirm these findings. [P R Health Sci J 2014;33:3-8]
dc.description.sponsorshipSupported by the National Center for Research Resources(NCRR) (U54 RR 026139-01A1), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)(8U54MD007587), and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (TL1TR000145 of the National Institutes of Health, and by an unrestricted educational grant from Abbott Laboratories, Inc.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherPuerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
dc.subjectRheumatoid arthritis
dc.subjectStatins
dc.subjectDisease activity
dc.subjectFunctional status
dc.subjectPuerto Ricans
dc.titleAssociation of the Use of Statins with Disease Activity and Functional Status in Puerto Ricans with Rheumatoid Arthritis
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