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Revista Paraguaya de Reumatología

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CUELLAR, Verónica et al. Level of knowledge about rheumatoid arthritis in the adult population of Paraguay from February to March 2022. Rev. parag. reumatol. [online]. 2023, vol.9, n.1, pp.21-24. ISSN 2413-4341.


Introduction: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting the joints, with a poorly understood etiology. About 1% of the world population suffers from this disease without distinction of ethnicity, with preference in women between 40 and 50 years of age.Objective: To describe the level of knowledge about rheumatoid arthritis in adults in Paraguay February-March 2022. Methods: an observational, descriptive, cross-sectional, descriptive study was designed and a survey was conducted among Paraguayan residents. A non-probabilistic, snowball type sampling was applied for data collection consisting of an online survey disseminated via WhatsApp. Results: 103 surveys collected from urban and rural cities of Paraguay were analyzed on the knowledge of rheumatoid arthritis, the median age was 23 years +/- RI 12, the maximum age was 78 years and the minimum was 18 years Regarding knowledge of the disease, 67, 66% (70/103) know about the disease, 80% defined correctly; 81% know the symptoms and 54% know the causes of rheumatoid arthritis. Conclusions: importance should be given to the question of the knowledge that the population has about rheumatoid arthritis, although there is a majority level of knowledge, there is still a lack of knowledge of a certain proportion of individuals, therefore the integration of certain didactic methods or a plan that facilitates the learning of society on this subject would be a fundamental objective and goal.

Keywords : Rheumatoid arthritis; cognition; chronic inflammatory disease.

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