Gout: the HAQ DI is a reliable measure of physical function

  • Published 2008 in Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology


skin relaxation time correlated negatively, with mRTSS (P <0.05 for all correlations). Functional disability, which was measured using an 11-item, validated questionnaire, correlated more closely with Vesmeter®measured skin hardness (r = 0.643, P = 0.0021) than with mRTSS (r = 0.517, P = 0.0193). Mean intraobserver and interobserver variability of skin hardness values was 7.63% and 19.76%, respectively (lower than reported variabilities for mRTSS). The authors conclude that the Vesmeter® provides reliable quantification of skin hardness and might be useful in clinical trials of patients who have systemic sclerosis with skin involvement.

DOI: 10.1038/ncprheum0853

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@article{2008GoutTH, title={Gout: the HAQ DI is a reliable measure of physical function}, author={}, journal={Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology}, year={2008}, volume={4}, pages={390-390} }