Study: Functional Medicine improves outcomes in inflammatory arthritis

A study in 2019 into functional medicine used for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis gave very encouraging patient-reported quality of life outcomes

but now even more evidence gathered from a retrospective analysis has been produced by the Cleveland Clinic. The patients had been diagnoses with either rheumatoid arthritis or psoritiatic arthritis were treated with a 12-week functional medicine programme.  The PROMS information gathering tool (patient-reported outcomes measurement system) required patients to score physical and mental conditions to indicate whether they were better worse or no change. The study concluded that “inflammatory arthritis patients treated with functional medicine showed improvement in all primary outcomes compared to standard of care alone.2


  1. Beidelschies M, Alejandro-Rodriguez M, Ji X, Lapin B, Hanaway P, Rothberg MB. Association of the Functional Medicine Model of Care With Patient-Reported Health-Related Quality-of-Life Outcomes. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 Oct 2;2(10):e1914017. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.14017
  2. Droz N, Hanaway P, Hyman M, Jin Y, Beidelschies M, Husni ME (2020) The impact of functional medicine on patient-reported outcomes in inflammatory arthritis: A retrospective study. PLoS ONE 15(10): e0240416. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240416

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