Morning stiffness in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis is associated more strongly with functional disability than with joint swelling and erythrocyte sedimentation rate.

@article{Yazici2004MorningSI,
  title={Morning stiffness in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis is associated more strongly with functional disability than with joint swelling and erythrocyte sedimentation rate.},
  author={Yusuf Yazici and Theodore Pincus and Hannu Kautiainen and Tuulikki Sokka},
  journal={The Journal of rheumatology},
  year={2004},
  volume={31 9},
  pages={1723-6}
}
OBJECTIVE To compare the level of morning stiffness in a cohort of patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA), assessed on a self-report questionnaire, to levels of patient self-report scores and clinical and laboratory variables. METHODS A total of 337 patients with recent onset RA since 1998 were assessed for tender and swollen joint counts, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), physician global assessment, and radiographs of the hands and feet, as well as Multidimensional Health… CONTINUE READING

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