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Evid Based Nurs 4:120 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.4.120
  • Treatment

Cognitive behavioural therapy plus medical management reduced depression and joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis

Medical management plus cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) v medical management alone (control) for patients with rheumatoid arthritis†

Outcomes at 6 months CBT Control RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
†RAI=Ritchie Articular Index. Other abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR, RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
>25% deterioration in symptoms (RAI score) 4% 27% 84% (10 to 97) 5 (3 to 57)
No change in RAI score 48% 55% 12% (−56 to 51) Not significant
RBI (CI)
≥25% improvement in symptoms (RAI score) 48% 18% 163% (6 to 605) 4 (2 to 55)

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