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Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003;21(3 Suppl 29):S42-6.

Assessment of disease severity and prognosis.

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Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, 3471 Fifth Avenue, Suite 502, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.


The Subcommittee members initially agreed on the concepts of disease activity, damage and severity, defining severity as the total effect of disease on organ function. It was decided to start with the assessment of severity using the Medsger's severity scale. A revised version of this scale was constructed. The rationale for the exclusion of other variables was provided.

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