A recent study explored the risk of self-harm among patients with different rheumatic diseases. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), and fibromyalgia may be at greater risk.
This was a retrospective cohort study that included Clinical Practice Research Datalink data on patients with ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia, RA, and OA between 1990 and 2016, who were matched to patients without those diseases. Medical record codes after the rheumatic diagnosis were used to identify incidences of self-harm. For each condition, incidence rates per 10,000 person-years, as an overall measurement and year-on-year from 2000 through 2016. OA patients were further stratified by disease duration