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OBJECTIVES To examine the impact of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) on patients across the UK and to identify factors associated with unemployment, absenteeism, and presenteeism. METHODS One thousand patients with AS from 10 specialist rheumatology centres across the UK were invited to participate in a study evaluating a new outcome measure. Patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between smoking and disease activity, pain, function, and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS Patients with AS (n = 612) from areas across the United Kingdom took part in a cross-sectional postal survey. Patient-reported outcome measures including the Bath AS Disease Activity(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether stature recovery and paraspinal muscle activity can be altered in individuals with and without chronic low-back pain by assuming different unloading positions. DESIGN A case-control study considering the effects of unloading position on stature recovery in individuals with and without chronic low-back pain. BACKGROUND(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the impact of AS on the sexual relationships of a large cohort of patients, across the UK. METHODS A total of 1000 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of AS under the clinical care of 10 specialist rheumatology centres across the UK were invited to participate in a study evaluating a new quality of life measure. Patients completed a(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the responsiveness and minimal important change (MIC) of Evaluation of Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life (EASi-QoL), a reliable and valid patient-reported measure of AS-specific quality of life with four domains: physical function (PF), disease activity (DA), emotional well-being (EWB) and social participation (SP). METHODS A(More)
BACKGROUND Stature reductions in asymptomatic individuals, caused by a set load, are lower later in the day when stature is in the trough of diurnal variation; hence most stature reduction investigations are conducted in the morning. Recent evidence suggests that it is not the reductions in stature, but the recovery of stature, that is of greatest(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine which characteristics of older patients who use a hospital ED are associated with repeat visits during the 90 days following the index visit. METHODS The study was conducted in the ED of a 400-bed university-affiliated acute care community hospital in Montreal. Patients aged > or = 75 years who visited the ED between 08:00 and and(More)
OBJECTIVE There is currently no universally accepted measure of quality of life in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Our objective was to develop and evaluate a patient-reported outcome measure of quality of life in AS, EASi-QoL. METHODS We used patient interviews, a literature review, and completion of an individualized measure of AS quality of life during(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether there is sufficient evidence to conclude that exercise interventions are more effective than no exercise control and to compare the effectiveness of different exercise interventions in relieving pain and improving function in patients with lower limb osteoarthritis. DATA SOURCES Nine electronic databases searched from(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether patient disease severity in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) varies among regions or by local area social deprivation. METHODS Eight hundred patients with AS from 8 specialist rheumatology centers across England were invited to participate in a cross-sectional survey. Sociodemographic and disease-related variables were(More)