alexa Development of a disease activity score based on judgment in clinical practice by rheumatologists.
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Author(s): van der Heijde DM, van t Hof M, van Riel PL, van de Putte LB

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Abstract In a prospective study of up to 3 years' duration of 113 patients with early rheumatoid arthritis a disease activity score (DAS) was developed based on the clinical judgment of 6 rheumatologists. The patients were divided in groups with high and low disease activity according to explicit rules. By various statistical methods, including discriminant analysis and multiple regression analysis, a DAS could be defined. This DAS is a continuous measure consisting of the variables Ritchie articular index, number of swollen joints, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and general health measured on a visual analog scale.
This article was published in J Rheumatol and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

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