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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)
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)
Low-dose MTX administered weekly remains a mainstay in the therapy of RA. There is a belief amongst rheumatologists that RA patients taking MTX have both an increased risk and severity of infection. Here we review the published data on the risks of infection associated with the use of MTX in patients with RA and make some recommendations for managing MTX in(More)
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)
OBJECTIVE To review cases of stress fracture in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) presenting to our service over a 10 year period; to identify possible risk factors and test these in a case-control study. METHODS A retrospective case note review of all patients with a final diagnosis of stress fracture, presenting between 1990 and 1999 was(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe voiding problems and the trouble they cause in a Danish population. Furthermore, to find symptoms specific for the ageing man, and thereby symptoms that might relate to an enlarged prostate. MATERIAL AND METHODS The DAN-PSS questionnaire was mailed to a gender- and age-stratified random sample of 500 inhabitants in Herlev(More)
A case of adenocarcinoma appearing in the bladder six years after supravesical urinary diversion is reported. The reason for the diversion was chronic bladder inflammation, as in all but one of the 11 earlier reported cases of carcinoma in defunctionalized bladder. The theory that chronic bladder inflammation favors the development of, or possibly leads to(More)
OBJECTIVE Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is a key part of medical student assessment. Currently, assessment is performed by medical examiners in situ. Our objective was to determine whether assessment by videotaped OSCE is as reliable as live OSCE assessment. METHODS Participants were 95 undergraduate medical students attending their(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)