Rheumatology function tests: quantitative physical measures to monitor morbidity and predict mortality in patients with rheumatic diseases.

@article{Pincus2005RheumatologyFT,
  title={Rheumatology function tests: quantitative physical measures to monitor morbidity and predict mortality in patients with rheumatic diseases.},
  author={Theodore Pincus},
  journal={Clinical and experimental rheumatology},
  year={2005},
  volume={23 5 Suppl 39},
  pages={S85-9}
}
Physical measures of functional status, including grip strength, walking time and button test, had been used in rheumatology clinical trials for many years, but have been supplanted in recent years by patient questionnaires. While patient questionnaire measures involve minimum professional time and have greater predictive value than physical measures for severe long-term outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), physical measures bypass socio-cultural differences which may be seen in use of… CONTINUE READING
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