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Arthritis Rheum. 1996 Jan;39(1):34-40.

Development and validation of the European League Against Rheumatism response criteria for rheumatoid arthritis. Comparison with the preliminary American College of Rheumatology and the World Health Organization/International League Against Rheumatism Criteria.

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University Hosptial Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To validate the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and the World Health Organization (WHO)/International League Against Rheumatism (ILAR) response criteria for rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

METHODS:

EULAR response criteria were developed combining change from baseline and level of disease activity attained during follow up. In a trial comparing hydroxychloroquine and sulfasalazine, we studied construct (radiographic progression), criterion (functional capacity), and discriminant validity.

RESULTS:

EULAR response criteria had good construct, criterion, and discriminant validity, ACR and WHO/ILAR criteria showed only good criterion validity.

CONCLUSION:

EULAR response criteria showed better construct and discriminant validity than did the ACR and the WHO/ILAR response criteria for RA.

PMID:
8546736
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780390105
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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