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Reliability and sensitivity to change of various measures of hand function in relation to treatment of synovitis of the metacarpophalangeal joint in rheumatoid arthritis.

Authors
  • Goossens, P H
  • Heemskerk, B
  • van Tongeren, J
  • Zwinderman, A H
  • Vliet Vlieland, T P
  • Huizinga, T W
Type
Published Article
Journal
Rheumatology (Oxford, England)
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2000
Volume
39
Issue
8
Pages
909–913
Identifiers
PMID: 10952748
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To assess reliability, hand function tests were measured twice without local treatment of the MCP in 25 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The discriminative capacity of the hand function tests with respect to the results of intra-articular corticosteroid injection was assessed in 28 RA patients with synovitis of an MCP joint. Thereafter, a randomized, observer-blind treatment study was performed in 21 RA patients with synovitis of an MCP joint; 10 of the patients were treated. Results/Conclusions. This study showed that the efficacy of treatment of an MCP joint can be measured by several reliable and discriminative parameters: passive flexion, the Ritchie pain score, swelling, the Arthritis Impact Measurements Scales question about buttoning clothes, and visual analogue scale questions about the activity of the disease and swelling of the joint.

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