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OBJECTIVE To develop and validate a musculoskeletal screening examination applicable to school-age children based on the adult Gait, Arms, Legs, Spine (GALS) screen. METHODS Adult GALS was tested in consecutive school-age children attending pediatric rheumatology clinics and was compared with an examination conducted, on the same day, by a pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND Although disease-specific health status measures are available for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), no instrument exists for assessing quality of life (QoL) in the condition. OBJECTIVE To produce an AS-specific QoL measure that would be relevant and acceptable to respondents, valid, and reliable. METHODS The ASQoL employs the needs-based model of(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine an agreed set of core regional musculoskeletal examination skills for medical students to learn. METHODS Initially focus groups were undertaken amongst Rheumatologists, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Geriatricians and General Practitioners. These findings were used to inform the production of a questionnaire(More)
The prevalence, incidence, natural history, and risk factors of upper dyspepsia (UD) were evaluated in a random sample of Danes. Of the 4581 eligible subjects, 79% responded. Five years later 85% of the survivors attended a similar follow-up study. Depending on the frequency of the symptoms, the prevalence of UD was 13-54% among men and 15-47% among women,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to describe the assessment of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system in comparison with other systems in routine paediatric medical clerking. Furthermore, to survey trainee paediatricians (SPRs, specialist registrars) about their self-rated confidence in assessing the MSK system. METHODS Case notes of consecutive general(More)
The aim of the study was to assess (1) the prevalence of colon related symptoms among the elderly and (2) whether different definitions identify different subjects with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The study was carried out in a random sample of 1119 70-year-old Danes of whom 72% answered a questionnaire concerning colon related symptoms. The number of bowel(More)
The study presents results from a five-year follow-up on abdominal symptoms in an age and sex stratified random sample of 4,581 Danes. Abdominal pain occurred significantly more often among women (prevalence: 49%, incidence: 21%) compared to mean (prevalence: 38%, incidence: 15%). Five years later the pain had disappeared in 43% of the men and 31% of the(More)
OBJECTIVES Anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy is a highly effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as documented using standard outcome measures in clinical trials. Anecdotal experience suggests health benefits for patients other than those measured in this way. We wished to explore Patients' experience of and views about this(More)
OBJECTIVE To quantify the frequency of siblings of patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) having psoriasis and/or inflammatory arthritis. To describe the similarity or otherwise of patterns of arthritis in siblings. METHODS Available and consenting index cases with PsA and one or more siblings living locally were assessed. Mean sibling concordance rates(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple questionnaires to screen for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have been developed but the optimal screening questionnaire is unknown. OBJECTIVES To compare three PsA screening questionnaires in a head-to-head study using CASPAR (the Classification Criteria for Psoriatic Arthritis) as the gold standard. METHODS This study recruited from 10(More)