Health-related quality of life in systemic sclerosis compared with other rheumatic diseases: a cross-sectional study.


Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, 03080, Republic of Korea. [Email]


Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare autoimmune disease characterized by fibrosis of the skin and the involvement of multiple internal organs. Previous studies reported poorer health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with SSc compared with the general population. However, very little is known about how HRQoL in SSc patients compares with that in patients with other systemic autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and Sjogren's syndrome (SjS). Thus, the main aim of this study was to compare HRQoL in SSc patients, patients with other rheumatic diseases, and the general population.


Disability,Quality of life,Systemic sclerosis,

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