As a result of the many years of commitment of both rheumatologists and patients, the SCQM Registry has a fund of data available for observational studies and epidemiological research. Research conducted with Registry data has a major role to play in assessments of the long-term efficacy and safety of therapies. Thanks to the patient-reported outcome questionnaires (PRO), even external influences such as physical stress at work or patients' smoking statuses can be taken account of in analyses.

We take this opportunity to thank everyone involved most warmly for their valuable work.