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Depression is a stronger predictor of the risk to consider work disability in early arthritis than disease activity or response to therapy
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    Response to the letter by Dr. Chiong and Prof. Attia
    • Johanna Callhoff, Epidemiologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Katinka Albrecht, Georg Schett, Angela Zink

    Thank you for your interest in our work. Your letter allows us to further explain aspects that could possibly be misunderstood. We stressed in the title and in the conclusion that depression was a predictor of the "risk to consider applying for work disability pension". The key messages could, however, be interpreted differently.

    Firstly, we decided to use a composite endpoint of obtaining work disability pens...

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    Caveats in interpretation of the article: Depression is a stronger predictor of the risk to consider work disability in early arthritis than disease activity or response to therapy
    • Fabian Chiong, Advanced Physician Trainee in General Medicine
    • Other Contributors:
      • John Attia

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the article by Johanna Callhoff and colleagues regarding depression being a stronger predictor of the risk of work disability in early arthritis than disease activity or response to therapy. On reviewing the article, we thought it is important to highlight 3 caveats in interpretation of this article.

    Firstly, the outcome was not just those who had applied for or obtained...

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