Lack of correlation between the steinbrocker staging of hand radiographs and the functional health status of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis

M. G. Regan-Smith, G. T. O'Connor, Chian K Kwoh, L. A. Brown, E. M. Olmstead, J. B. Burnett

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Abstract

We evaluated the correlation between destructive changes seen on hand radiographs and disability in 54 patients with definite or classic rheumatoid arthritis. No statistically significant correlation was found between radiographic findings and patient disability as determined by patient and physician assessment or by the patient's score on the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales questionnaire. These findings call into question the appropriateness of using hand radiographs as a determinant of disability or as a criterion for disability insurance benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Volume32
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Lack of correlation between the steinbrocker staging of hand radiographs and the functional health status of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. / Regan-Smith, M. G.; O'Connor, G. T.; Kwoh, Chian K; Brown, L. A.; Olmstead, E. M.; Burnett, J. B.

In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, Vol. 32, No. 2, 1989, p. 128-133.

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Regan-Smith, M. G. ; O'Connor, G. T. ; Kwoh, Chian K ; Brown, L. A. ; Olmstead, E. M. ; Burnett, J. B. / Lack of correlation between the steinbrocker staging of hand radiographs and the functional health status of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. In: Arthritis and Rheumatism. 1989 ; Vol. 32, No. 2. pp. 128-133.
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