Disparities Among Children With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Poorer outcomes in Medicaid compared to privately insured children.

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), a group of autoimmune diseases involving chronic inflammation of the joints, can adversely affect health-related quality of life, often into adulthood. Studies in adults with arthritis suggest that socioeconomic status impacts patient prognosis, but no information is available as to whether this is also true in children. A study published in the June 2006 issue of Arthritis Care & Research examined the relationship between patient health insurance coverage (as an indicator of socioeconomic status) and disease outcomes for children with