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Self-Report Questionnaire Scores in Rheumatoid Arthritis Compared with Traditional Physical, Radiographic, and Laboratory Measures

Theodore Pincus, MD; Leigh F. Callahan, BS; Raye H. Brooks, BS; Howard A. Fuchs, MD; Nancy J. Olsen, MD; and Jeremy J. Kaye, MD
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Grant Support: Partial support by the Jack C. Massey Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, Pfizer Laboratories, Smith Kline and French Laboratories, grant AM-21393 from the National Institutes of Health to the American Rheumatism Association Medical Information System, and grant 5M01RR-00095 from the National Institutes of Health General Clinical Research Centers.

Requests for Reprints: Theodore Pincus, MD, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, B-3219 Medical Center North, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Pincus, Fuchs, and Olsen, and Ms. Callahan and Ms. Brooks: Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232.

Dr. Fuchs: Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center, Nashville, TN 37203.

Dr. Kaye: Department of Radiology, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.

Ann Intern Med. 1989;110(4):259-266. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-110-4-259
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Study Objective: To assess whether scores on a simple self-report questionnaire to depict the clinical status of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are correlated with traditional measures of physical, radiographic, laboratory, functional, and global status.

Design: The self-report questionnaire was administered at the same time the following variables were assessed: American Rheumatism Association functional class, joint count, hand radiograph, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor titer, walking time, grip strength, button test, and global self-assessment.

Setting: University rheumatology clinic, the rheumatology clinic of a Veterans Administration hospital, and a private rheumatology practice.

Patients: The study included 259 patients who met the criteria





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