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J Rheumatol. 1999 Jan;26(1):210-6.

The responsiveness of generic quality of life instruments in rheumatic diseases. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

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  • 1Academia Nacional de Medicina de Buenos Aires, Argentina.


To review the available evidence that has used generic instruments alone or in comparison with disease specific instruments. A systematic review was carried out using the methods recommended by the Cochrane Collaboration. We used MEDLINE and EMBASE searches and we performed a hand search of the abstracts listed under "quality of life" at American College of Rheumatology (ACR) meetings. Selection was limited to randomized controlled trials (RCT) using generic instruments in populations older than 18 years with any of the following diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and ankylosing spondylitis. Language was restricted to English papers. Studies using only disease-specific instruments were excluded. From 488 articles retrieved, 13 reports of 10 randomized controlled trials were selected. There were 101 abstracts on quality of life in ACR abstract books; 78 abstracts contained data on generic instruments, and of these, 9 described their use in RCT. Despite a substantial increase in the number of papers and abstracts addressing different aspects of generic questionnaires, the majority of the papers were descriptive. The evidence is not yet available to document that any of the generic instruments pass the requirements of the OMERACT Filter.

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