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Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jan;38(1):38-43.

Validity and reliability of the twenty-eight-joint count for the assessment of rheumatoid arthritis activity.

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Second Department of Medicine, Lainz Hospital, Vienna, Austria.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the validity of the 28-joint count for assessment of joint involvement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

METHODS:

Joint involvement as determined by the 28- and the 66/68-joint count was compared using data from 735 prospectively studied RA patients.

RESULTS:

The joints included in the 28-joint count were more commonly involved than other joints, and findings from the 28-joint count correlated highly with those from the 66/68-joint count in all analyses.

CONCLUSION:

The 28-joint count is a reliable and valid measure for joint assessment. It is easier to perform than the 66/68-joint count, and it addresses the joints that are critically involved.

PMID:
7818569
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780380106
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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