Evaluation of a functional index and an articular index in ankylosing spondylitis.

@article{Dougados1988EvaluationOA,
  title={Evaluation of a functional index and an articular index in ankylosing spondylitis.},
  author={Maxime R Dougados and Alice Gu{\'e}guen and Jean Pierre Nakache and Minh Thanh Nguyen and Christian M{\'e}ry and B. El Hadi Amor},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  year={1988},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={302-7}
}
We describe an index of functional impairment and a system of scoring joint tenderness for use in the assessment of ankylosing spondylitis. The functional index consists of 20 questions and the articular index is based on the scoring of a total of 10 joint responses after movement or firm digital pressure. These indices are simple to establish and not time consuming. They have a high degree of intra- and interobserver reproducibility. The indices showed changes in short term clinical trials of… CONTINUE READING

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