Journal article

A systematic review of the epidemiology, disease characteristics and management of systemic sclerosis in Australian adults

Kathleen Morrisroe, Wendy Stevens, Susanna Proudman, Mandana Nikpour

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RHEUMATIC DISEASES | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Australia has one of the highest prevalence rates of systemic sclerosis (SSc) worldwide. In order to highlight management deficiencies and key areas for further research, it is essential to understand its local epidemiological patterns, natural history, prognosis and mortality trends over time. METHODS: To identify Australian SSc-specific information through a systematic review focusing on areas of epidemiology, disease characteristics, treatment, functional ability, disease burden and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). RESULTS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane Library were searched on 14 September, 2016. All original full text articles on SSc in Australia were included. Of t..

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