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Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Oct;21(5):827-40.

Measuring disability and quality of life in established rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo, Norway.


Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a major impact on physical and psychological health. It can cause severe disability and reduce health-related quality of life, aspects that are important to patients. Thus, it is important to measure disability and health-related quality of life in clinical practice and in clinical trials. This article presents an overview of the most important measures of outcome concerning disability and health-related quality of life, including different forms of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ, MHAQ, MDHAQ, HAQ II), visual analogue scales for fatigue and function, SF-36, Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS/AIMS2), the Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality of Life (RAQoL) questionnaire, Nottingham Health Profile, Sickness Impact Profile and the utility instruments 15D, EQ-5D, SF-6D and Health Utilities Index (HUI) 2 and 3.

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