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Sexual dysfunction prevalent in RA and PsA patients

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Dr Carlos Valera-Ribera, Doctor Peset University Hospital, Spain
EULAR 2022
According to a Spanish study, patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have a markedly deteriorated sexual life compared with a healthy population. In the age range of >50 years, most patients fell into the dysfunction range. Although previous studies hinted at a higher frequency of sexual dysfunction in RA and PsA, most studies were of low quality regarding the study design. “Most studies lack a control group,” said Dr Carlos Valera-Ribera (Doctor Peset University Hospital, Spain). Therefore, he and his team performed a cross-sectional observational study, in which patients diagnosed with PsA and RA were compared with a control group of healthy individuals. Included were 188 adult patients of any sexual orientation in 2 different university hospitals. The researchers collected different variables, including age, gender

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