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Table 1 Key figures in the seven countries

From: Opportunities and challenges in rheumatology research in Central Europe

  Austria Croatia Czech Republic Hungary Poland Slovakia Slovenia
Population (millions) 8.3 4.4 10.4 10.0 38.5 5.4 2.0
GDP per capita (IMF, 2016, Int$) 47,800 22,400 33,200 27,200 27,700 31,200 32,000
No. of rheumatologists 324 47 350 800 ̴ 1300 71 21
No. of rheumatology departments/hospitals 10/2 18 12 31 75 1+ *** 7
No. arthritis patients on biologics N/A 1800 5700 8500 ̴ 8000 2200 2200
No. of research centres (with international publications) 20 7 5 21 15 6 2
No. of research groups 20 7 13 21 15 6 2
Main research topics • Several clinical trials in arthritides, SLE, etc
• EULAR-related activities, recommendations
• Registries (BIOREG), databases, biobanking
• Autoantibodies
• Bone/osteoimmunology
• Experimental arthritis
• Experimental lupus
• Outcomes research (RA, PsA, SLE, OA)
• Scleroderma
• Ultrasonography
• Osteoarthritis
• Psoriatic arthritis
• PMR
• Health services research
• Epidemiology of SLE
• Cardiovascular comorbidities
• SpA
• Systemic sclerosis
• Osteoporosis
• Osteoclast progenitors
• JIA biomarkers
• Inflammatory myopathies
• Biomarkers
• SpA
• Systemic sclerosis
• Early arthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Urate transporters
• miRNA
• JIA
• Registries
• Comorbidities (CV, malignancies)
• RA
• Systemic sclerosis
• SpA
• Osteoporosis
• Urate transporters
• Ultrasonography
• Genomics
• SLE
• Sjögren’s
• Myositis
• MCTD
• T and B cell subsets
• Arthritis models
• RA
• Pregnancy
• Systemic sclerosis
• Stem cell transplantation
• Ultrasonography
• GCA
• Fibromyalgia
• Immunopathology
• SpA
• Ped. rheumatology
• Osteoporosis
• Alkaptonuria
• Corticosteroids in the elderly
• Hyperprolactinemia
• PET-CT in vasculitis
• Autoinflammatory syndromes
• SLE
• Osteoporosis
• Atherosclerosis in RA
• Sjögren's sindrome
• Vasculitis,
• Adherence to treatment
• Antiphospholipid syndrome
Number of publications with IF (2012–2016) 278* 90 250 315 663 55 21
National journal Zeitschrift für Rheumatologie (Germany) Reumatizam Czech Rheumatology Magyar Reumatológia (Hungarian Rheumatology) Reumatologia (Rheumatology) (bimonthly; in English) Forum Reumatologiczne (quarterly; in Polish) Rheumatologia None
No. of PhD theses in rheumatology 4** 10 9 16 7 0 0
No. of research grants awarded 16 8 17 43 N/A 3 0
  1. * First or last authorship
  2. **Associate Professorship
  3. *** Many arthritis and autoimmune patients are treated in internal medicine departments
  4. CV cardiovascular, GCA giant cell arteritis, GDP gross domestic product, IF impact factor, JIA juvenile idiopathic arthritis, MCTD mixed connective tissue disease, miRNA microRNA, N/A not available, OA osteoarthritis, PET-CT positron emission tomography-computed tomography, PMR polymyalgia rheumatica, PsA psoriatic arthritis, RA rheumatoid arthritis, SLE systemic lupus erythematosus, SpA spondyloarthropathy