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BACKGROUND The OARSI Standing Committee for Clinical Trials Response Criteria Initiative had developed two sets of responder criteria to present the results of changes after treatment in three symptomatic domains (pain, function, and patient's global assessment) as a single variable for clinical trials (1). For each domain, a response was defined by both a(More)
STUDY DESIGN Retrospective observational study. OBJECTIVES We report our experience with patients who presented with osteoporotic vertebral fractures with no visible deformation of vertebral body. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA The diagnosis of osteoporotic vertebral fractures largely relies on the observation of vertebral deformations on plain radiographs,(More)
OBJECTIVE To obtain an international consensus about the use of anti-tumour necrosis factor alpha (anti-TNF alpha) for treating patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHODS These recommendations were developed by a review of published reports in combination with expert opinion, including a Delphi exercise, and a consensus meeting of the ASsessments(More)
OBJECTIVE To update French Society for Rheumatology guidelines regarding the use of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) antagonists for treating patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) or psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS We used the method recommended by Shekelle et al. to update the original recommendations: a limited group of experts selected the(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop and/or update fact sheets about TNFα antagonists treatments, in order to assist physicians in the management of patients with inflammatory joint disease. METHODS 1. selection by a committee of rheumatology experts of the main topics of interest for which fact sheets were desirable; 2. identification and review of publications(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the clinical effects of laterally wedged insoles and neutrally wedged insoles (used as control) in patients with medial femoro-tibial knee osteoarthritis. METHODS STUDY DESIGN 24-month prospective randomized controlled study. PATIENTS Outpatients with painful medial femoro-tibial knee osteoarthritis. OUTCOME MEASURES Patient's(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a lack of consensus about the definition of flare of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a measurement tool. OBJECTIVES To develop a self-administered tool integrating the perspectives of the patient and the rheumatologist, enabling the detection of present or recent-past RA flare. METHODS The patient perspective was explored by(More)
OBJECTIVES To update French Society for Rheumatology guidelines regarding the use of TNFalpha antagonists for treating patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Existing guidelines were updated using the AGREE instrument. Items that required updating were selected by a task force, the relevant literature was critically appraised, and new wording(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the type and proportion of patients with ankylosing spondylitis who rheumatologists consider to be candidates for treatment with tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-blocking agents, and to what extent this is in agreement with the ASsessment in Ankylosing Spondylitis (ASAS) international working group recommendations on initiation of(More)