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J Rheumatol. 1999 May;26(5):1065-7.

Self-administered joint counts and standard joint counts in the assessment of rheumatoid arthritis. MIRA Trial Group. Minocycline in RA.

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University of Alabama, Birmingham 35294-3296, USA. graciela.alarcon@ccc.uab.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the comparability of a text to a mannequin format for the assessment of joint counts (JC) among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) participating in a randomized clinical trial (RCT).

METHODS:

A subgroup of patients participating in the MIRA (Minocycline in RA) RCT completed self-administered JC and joint scores (JS), which were compared to those of a trained assessor.

RESULTS:

JC and JS data were consistently higher for the patient than for the assessor. Higher correlations were obtained for JC than for JS.

CONCLUSION:

Our data suggest JC can be used in the context of clinical trials or in the clinical setting, but are not interchangeable with trained assessor JC.

PMID:
10332969
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