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The SF-36 Arthritis-Specific Health Index (ASHI): II. Tests of validity in four clinical trials.

Authors
  • Keller, S D
  • Ware, J E Jr
  • Hatoum, H T
  • Kong, S X
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medical Care
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
May 01, 1999
Volume
37
Issue
5 Suppl
Identifiers
PMID: 10335743
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The ASHI appears to be more valid than the eight SF-36 scales and PCS and MCS summary measures for purposes of distinguishing between treated and untreated patients and between clinical responders and nonresponders. This study demonstrates the feasibility of improving the validity of the SF-36 through the use of arthritis-specific scoring while retaining the option of generic scoring, which makes it possible to also compare results across diseases and treatments.

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