Christopher J. Swearingen

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OBJECTIVE To develop components of a multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) through the addition of new items in the "patient-friendly" HAQ format, including advanced activities of daily living (ADL), designed to overcome "floor effects" of the HAQ and modified HAQ (MHAQ) in which patients may report normal scores although they experience(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare 4 categories (high, moderate, and low severity, and near-remission) of RAPID3 (Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3), an index without formal joint counts, which is scored in < 10 seconds to 4 categories of the Disease Activity Score (DAS28) and Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). (More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3) on a Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) with the Disease Activity Score (DAS28), Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI), and individual core data set measures for correlations, agreement of activity levels, and time to score. METHODS Four rheumatologists(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze visual analog scales (VAS) for pain and patient global estimate on a Multidimensional Health Assessment Questionnaire (MDHAQ) in formats other than a traditional 10 cm horizontal line, designed to facilitate scoring on MDHAQ in usual clinical care. METHODS The MDHAQ with VAS for pain and global estimate was completed by each patient(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of the study were to analyze literacy in 194 consecutive patients at an academic rheumatology setting with the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) and an "Arthritis-Adapted" REALM (A-REALM), and to compare responses to one another and to demographic and clinical measures. METHODS The REALM and A-REALM are two(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the predictive value of baseline measures of impairment, disability, and quality of life for the timing of initiation of symptomatic treatment in early Parkinson disease (PD). DESIGN Inception cohort analysis. SETTING Ambulatory population from multiple sites in the United States and Canada. PARTICIPANTS Four hundred thirteen(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the patterns and correlation of elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels with outcome measures in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and compare it to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and osteoarthritis (OA) patients. METHODS Brooklyn Outcomes Arthritis Registry Database (BOARD) was analyzed to(More)
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a lifesaving therapy, which has been used for the support of children with a broad range of diseases. Two pumps of differing mechanisms have been used to generate the extracorporeal flow: roller-head pumps and centrifugal pumps. Seven patients supported during ECMO with Levitronix Centrimag (Centrimag group(More)
OBJECTIVE Because infants undergoing a Norwood operation have poor interstage weight gain, we hypothesized that preemptive gastrostomy tube (GT) placement would result in earlier discharge, improved growth, and higher survival to stage 2. STUDY DESIGN Records of 74 neonates who underwent a Norwood operation were reviewed until stage 2 palliation. The(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment with statins reduces infarct volume in animal models of ischemic stroke, independently of the effect on cholesterol. This study examined this effect in humans by testing whether patients taking statins at onset of ischemic stroke had smaller infarct volumes than those not taking statins. METHODS The study design was a retrospective(More)