Development and validation of a clinical rule for recognition of early inflammatory arthritis

@article{Brinck2018DevelopmentAV,
  title={Development and validation of a clinical rule for recognition of early inflammatory arthritis},
  author={R. M. ten Brinck and B. T. van Dijk and H. V. van Steenbergen and S. le Cessie and M. Numans and S. Hider and C. Mallen and A. H. M. van der Helm-van Mil},
  journal={BMJ Open},
  year={2018},
  volume={8}
}
  • R. M. ten Brinck, B. T. van Dijk, +5 authors A. H. M. van der Helm-van Mil
  • Published 2018
  • Medicine
  • BMJ Open
  • Objectives National and international guidelines recommend prompt referral of patients presenting with inflammatory arthritis (IA), but general practitioners (GPs) feel uncertain in their proficiency to detect synovitis through joint examination, the method of choice to identify IA. Our objective was to develop and validate a rule composed of clinical characteristics to assist GPs and other physicians in identifying IA when in doubt. Design Split-sample derivation and validation study. Setting… CONTINUE READING

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