Elizabeth A. Wright

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BACKGROUND The relief of pain and the restoration of functional activities are the main outcomes of primary total knee arthroplasty for the treatment of osteoarthritis. This paper examines the preoperative predictors of pain and functional outcome at one and two years following total knee arthroplasty. METHODS Patients were recruited for a prospective(More)
BACKGROUND Low back injuries are common and costly, accounting for 15 to 25 percent of injuries covered by workers' compensation and 30 to 40 percent of the payments made under that program. The high costs of injury, the lack of effective treatment. and the evidence that there are behavioral risk factors have led to widespread use of employee education(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the prevalence of and risk factors for long-term sequelae from acute Lyme disease. DESIGN Population-based, retrospective cohort study. SETTING A coastal region endemic for Lyme disease. PARTICIPANTS Patients with a history of Lyme disease who were previously treated with antibiotics were compared with randomly selected(More)
The goal of this work was to develop an economical way of tracking disease activity for large groups of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients in clinical studies. A Systemic Lupus Activity Questionnaire (SLAQ) was developed to screen for possible disease activity using items from the Systemic Lupus Activity Measure (SLAM) and tested for its(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to validate the Knee Society Clinical Rating System (knee and function scores) and to compare its responsiveness with that of the Western Ontario and McMaster University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) and the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36). METHODS Patients were recruited as part of a prospective(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the age-specific prevalence of Lyme disease and whether preventive behaviors on Nantucket Island correlate with Lyme disease, we surveyed island residents. METHODS A survey with questions on Lyme disease symptoms, history, and preventive behaviors was mailed to all residents. Respondents were stratified by likelihood of having had(More)
We investigated the relationship of knee range of motion (ROM) and function in a prospective, observational study of primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Preoperative and 12-month data were collected on 684 patients, including knee ROM, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) pain and function questionnaire scores, patient(More)
Fatigue, a complex symptom, significantly affects the quality of life in many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). To understand this phenomenon, 23 patients with SLE and fatigue were studied. Standardized tests of depression (NIMH), fatigue, exercise tolerance (ETT) on a bicycle ergometer, and SLE activity were obtained. At baseline, SLE(More)
To develop a technique to screen populations for potential connective tissue disease (CTD), we mailed a 30-item questionnaire to 253 randomly selected patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, polymyositis, dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), or Sjögren's syndrome and to 340 randomly selected control(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether women have worse functional status than men at the time of laminectomy for degenerative spinal stenosis or total joint arthroplasty for degenerative arthritis of the hip and knee. METHODS Consecutive patients undergoing laminectomy for degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis or unilateral, primary hip or knee arthroplasty for(More)