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
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..View full abstract
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Dr Morrisroe is supported by a NHMRC postgraduate scholarship (APP1113954) and an ASIG/Scleroderma Australia Fellowship. Dr Nikpour holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (APP1126370). The authors have no financial interests nor have they received any financial support or other benefits from commercial sources for work reported on this manuscript. The authors have no conflicts of interest.