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J Rheumatol. 1999 Jan;26(1):207-9.

Patient based methods for assessing adverse events in clinical trials in rheumatology. Progress report for the OMERACT Drug Toxicity Working Party. Outcome Measures in Rheumatology.

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School of Paediatrics, University of New South Wales and Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, Australia.


There has been increasing recognition in recent years that the measurement of drug related toxicities in rheumatology clinical trials has been sub-optimal. The OMERACT Drug Toxicity Working Party was established to address this issue. The first task of the working party was to identify a minimum set of attributes of drug related toxicity that would be important to patients, clinicians, investigators, and policymakers. The working party then developed consensus on a standard set of properties for instruments to measure these attributes. Existing instruments in the field of rheumatology were ascertained by literature review and by contact with experts in the field. Four instruments were ascertained and evaluated using the guidelines developed by the working party. This report outlines the progress and preliminary results of these activities.

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