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Volume 21, Number 8—August 2015

Risk for Mycobacterial Disease among Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Taiwan, 2001–2011

Tsai-Ling Liao, Ching-Heng Lin, Gwan-Han Shen1, Chia-Li Chang, Chin-Fu Lin, and Der-Yuan ChenComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan (T.-L. Liao, C.-H. Lin, G.-H. Shen, C.-L. Chang, C.-F. Lin, D.-Y. Chen); National Chung Hsing University, Taichung (T.-L. Liao, G.-H. Shen, D.-Y. Chen); National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Science, Taipei, Taiwan (C.-H. Lin); National Yang Ming University, Taipei (D.-Y. Chen); Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung (D.-Y. Chen)

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Table 4

Multivariable analysis for risk for death among 28,997 RA patients with and without TB and NTM, Taiwan, 2001–2011*

Variable aHR† 95% CI p value
RA without TB or NTM 1.00 Reference Reference
RA with TB 1.62 1.38–1.90 <0.0001
RA with NTM 3.06 1.53–6.12 0.002
RA with TB and NTM
Age at entry, y
18–44 1.00 Reference Reference
45–64 1.91 1.61–2.27 <0.0001
F 1.00 Reference Reference
Charlson Comorbidity Index score
0 1.00 Reference Reference
1 1.05 0.95–1.17 0.357
2 1.25 1.12–1.41 0.0001
Urban 1.00 Reference Reference
Suburban 1.27 1.13–1.42 <0.0001
Rural 1.41 1.29–1.54 <0.0001

*aHR, adjusted hazard ratio; NTM, nontuberculous mycobacteria; RA, rheumatoid arthritis; TB, tuberculosis.
†Adjusted for age, sex, Charlson Comorbidity Index score, and urbanization.

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