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Volume 31, Issue 1, March 2020




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Mediterr J Rheumatol 2020;31(1):84-6
Development of an ANCA-Associated Vasculitides Patient Registry in Greece
Authors Information
1. Joint Rheumatology Program, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine, Clinical Immunology-Rheumatology Unit, 2nd Department of Medicine and Laboratory, Athens, Greece
2. Joint Rheumatology Program, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine-Clinical Immunology-Rheumatology Unit, 4th Department of Medicine, Athens, Greece
3. Rheumatology Unit, Sismanogleio General Hospital, Athens, Greece
Abstract

Despite the recent advances in treatment, antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) associated vasculitides (AAV) are among the rheumatic diseases with the highest morbidity and mortality. These outcomes are affected by a variety of factors apart from the disease itself, and are driven by infections, cardiovascular disease and drug toxicity. Even after the induction of remission, patients and their treating physicians are challenged by frequent relapses, accrual of chronic damage and impaired quality of life. Given their rarity along with their heterogeneous disease spectrum, patient registries are of utmost need for the study of all aspects of AAV. Already established AAV registries have a significant contribution in the apprehension of these diseases outside the strict context of clinical trials, and are becoming increasingly important as new drugs and treatment strategies are about to be introduced in daily practice. We here describe the design of a contemporary, web-based and easy-to-use patient registry specifically for patients with AAV, including all the necessary domains suggested by international working groups. This project is anticipated to contribute in better understanding of AAV in our country, with a future prospect of contributing to and sharing data with other international registries. 

https://doi.org/10.31138/mjr.31.1.84

Article Submitted: 17 Jan 2020; Revised Form: 4 Feb 2020; Article Accepted: 18 Feb 2020; Published: 31 Mar 2020

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY).

©Thomas K, Panagiotopoulos A, Banos A, Argyriou E, Boki K, Boumpas D, Vassilopoulos D.