Thomas Nothnagl

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OBJECTIVES To determine how fast rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was diagnosed in a group of patients in a rural area and whether medical care and patient satisfaction were adequate in a predominantly non-urban settlement. METHODS When visiting their rheumatologist, patients with RA were asked to complete a questionnaire at home after the consultation and then(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the factorial structure of the Disease Activity Score including a 28-joint count (DAS28) if applied in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS DAS28 values from 85 consecutive PsA outpatients and 2 RA patient cohorts comprising 85 patients each were compared. The first RA cohort (RA1) consisted of(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the reliability and congruency of the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) compared with the Disease Activity Score including 28 joints (DAS28) in daily practice. METHODS In 399 consecutive rheumatoid arthritis patients (307 women, 92 men), the SDAI and the DAS28 were calculated. Additionally, 115 of them were observed for 1 year(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the DAS28 (Disease Activity Score including a 28-joint count) values of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia (FM) patients, and to establish whether high pain levels and impaired mood influence DAS28 values. METHODS DAS28 values were calculated in 62 consecutive patients with RA and in 26 patients suffering from FM. Values for(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the psychometric properties and validity of a modified version of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity Index (RADAI) without joint counts in order to facilitate rapid and easy RA activity assessment in daily routine. METHODS One hundred sixty-nine outpatients with RA completed the original RADAI and the modified RADAI-5.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if the Disease Activity Index including a 28-joint count (DAS28) is equally applicable for the total population with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Five hundred fifty-seven outpatients with RA [432 women, 125 men; median age 64 yrs (range 0-85), median disease duration 48 mo (range 2-548)] were enrolled consecutively into this(More)
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is a common disorder in the elderly population. The diagnosis is based upon recognition of a clinical syndrome, consisting of pain and stiffness in the shoulder and pelvic girdle, muscle tenderness of the upper and lower limbs and nonspecific somatic complaints. In addition, in most cases the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)(More)
Providing the physician with sufficient information about the disease course can be regarded as the most important requirement for any disease assessment tool besides easy applicability and time-sparing documentation. Applying the RADAI-5 in daily routine provides the patient's view at any time completing the questionnaire. In a first study, the RADAI-5(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the Simplified Disease Activity Index (SDAI) and the Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI) are equally applicable for the total population with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS Five hundred and fifty-seven outpatients with RA [432 females, 125 males; median age 64 years (range 18-85); median disease duration 48 months(More)
It is the current goal in rheumatology to diagnose and treat inflammatory rheumatic diseases early in order to avoid structural damage. Functional imaging methods such as musculoskeletal sonography are increasingly used to support the clinical diagnosis. To ascertain the quality of ultrasound assessments performed by rheumatologists in Austria, the Austrian(More)