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Revista Virtual de la Sociedad Paraguaya de Medicina Interna

On-line version ISSN 2312-3893


ESCOBAR-SALINAS, Jorge Sebastián; ORTIZ-TORRES, Sara Esther  and  MONTIEL DE JAROLIN, Dora Elizabeth. Activity level in patients with rheumatoid arthritis at the Hospital Nacional de Itauguá. Rev. virtual Soc. Parag. Med. Int. [online]. 2021, vol.8, n.2, pp.34-43. ISSN 2312-3893.


The determination of the activity of rheumatoid arthritis is important to objectively estimate the level of control of the disease and guide the treatment.


To determine the activity level of rheumatoid arthritis using the DAS 28 in outpatients of the Hospital Nacional.


An observational, descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out including 82 outpatients with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis from the Hospital Nacional. Objective variables were measured using the erythrocyte sedimentation value and the number of swollen joints, as well as subjective variables such as the number of painful joints and the overall health assessment estimated by the patient.


The age ranged from 19 to 74 years with a mean of 49 ± 13 years, 81% were female and 56% were engaged in domestic tasks. The activity level was moderate in 45% and 31% presented remission.


The activity level of rheumatoid arthritis patients in outpatients was moderate in 45% and 31% in remission.

Keywords : rheumatoid arthritis; autoimmune diseases; autoimmunity..

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