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Injectable gold for rheumatoid arthritis

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 1997
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Injectable gold for rheumatoid arthritis
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, October 1997
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd000520
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Patricia Clark, Peter Tugwell, Kathryn J Bennett, Claire Bombardier, Beverley Shea, George A Wells, Maria E Suarez-Almazor


To estimate the short-term benefit and risk of side-effects of injectable gold for rheumatoid arthritis. We searched the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group trials register, and Medline, up to July 1997, using the search strategy developed by the Cochrane Collaboration (Dickersin 1994). The search was complemented with bibliography searching of the reference list of the trials retrieved from the electronic search. Key experts in the area were contacted for further published and unpublished articles. Randomized clinical trials (RCT) comparing injectable gold against placebo in patients with rheumatoid arthritis were included. Methodological quality of the RCTs was asessed by two reviewers (MS, BS) (kappa=1.0). Rheumatoid arthritis outcome measures were extracted by two reviewers from the publications for the 6 month endpoint. Sufficient data was obtained to conduct a pooled analysis of the number of swollen joints, physician global assessment, patient global assessment and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). Results were analyzed as standardized weighted mean differences for swollen joints and global assessments and weighted mean differences for ESR. Toxicity was evaluated with pooled odds ratios for withdrawals. Heterogeneity was estimated using a chi-square test. Fixed effects models were used throughout. Four trials and 415 patients were included. A statistically significant benefit was observed for injectable gold when compared to placebo. The standardized weighted difference (effect size) between gold and placebo for the number of swollen joints was -0.5, translating into a percentage change of 30% in favour of gold adjusted for placebo. Statistically significant differences were also observed for ESR and patient and physician assessments. Twenty two percent of the treated patients withdrew from toxicity compared to 4% of controls (OR=3.9 - 95%Cl: 2.1 - 7.2). Although its use can be limited by the incidence of serious toxicity, injectable gold has an important clinically and statistically significant benefit in the short term treatment of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 1 4%
Unknown 23 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 6 25%
Researcher 5 21%
Unspecified 3 13%
Student > Master 3 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 8%
Other 3 13%
Unknown 2 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 38%
Unspecified 3 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 13%
Linguistics 2 8%
Psychology 1 4%
Other 4 17%
Unknown 2 8%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 28. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 August 2018.
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