A RheuMetric physician checklist to quantitate levels of inflammation, damage and distress on 0-10 visual analogue scales.

A RheuMetric physician checklist to quantitate levels of inflammation, damage and distress on 0-10 visual analogue scales. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2017 Sep-Oct;35 Suppl 107(5):21-25 Authors: Castrejón I, Chua JR, Pincus T Abstract A physician global assessment of patient status (DOCGL) was designed initially to quantitate inflammatory activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) clinical trials, in which patients are selected for high levels of activity. However, in patients seen in routine care with various diagnoses, and even in some RA patients selected for clinical trials, DOCGL also may be affected by joint damage and/or patient distress. To clarify DOCGL on a 0-10 visual analogue scale (VAS), 3 additional 0-10 VAS have been developed to record physician estimates of inflammation (DOCINF), damage (DOCDAM), and distress (DOCSTR) (such as fibromyalgia (FM)/depression). Results from 3 locales for these 4 VASs are summarised, including 478 initial-visit patients from Tennessee in 1996 to 2007, 197 initial-visit patients from Pennsylvania in 2008 to 2012, and a random visit of 739 patients from Illinois in 2014 to 2015. Highest DOCGL estimates were seen at the 3 sites in FM, followed by RA and osteoarthritis (OA), spondyloarthropathies (SpA), gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Highest DOCINF (inflammation) estimates were seen in RA and SpA, followed by gout, SLE, FM, and OA. Highest DOCDAM (damage) estimates were in OA, followed by RA, SpA, gout, S...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research

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