AN ELECTRONIC METHOD FOR MEASURING JOINT TENDERNESS IN RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS

TitleAN ELECTRONIC METHOD FOR MEASURING JOINT TENDERNESS IN RHEUMATOID-ARTHRITIS
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsATKINS, C. J., A. ZIELINSKI, A. V. KLINKHOFF, A. CHALMERS, J. WADE, D. WILLIAMS, M. SCHULZER, and G. DELLACIOPPA
JournalArthritis and Rheumatism
Volume35
Pagination407–410
ISSN0004-3591
Abstract

Objective. To test the precision of a new electronic method for measuring joint tenderness. Method. Joint tenderness was measured in 30 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, using an electronic dolorimeter. The results were compared with joint tenderness counts, which were made according to the American Rheumatism Association (ARA) methods. Results. The intra-observer variability using the electronic method was significantly decreased compared with the conventional ARA joint tenderness counts. Conclusion. The electronic method is more efficient for use in clinical trials than is the conventional ARA joint tenderness count.

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