The use of two different Health Assessment Questionnaires in Turkish rheumatoid arthritis population and assessment of the associations with disability

SENERDEM N., Gul A. , Konice M. , Aral O., Ocal L., Inanc M. , ...Daha Fazla

CLINICAL RHEUMATOLOGY, cilt.18, ss.33-37, 1999 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 18 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 1999
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s100670050048
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.33-37


The aim of this study was to compare and evaluate the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale (AIMS) in our patient population with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and also to find some associations with clinical assessment of disability. One hundred and twenty-three consecutive adult patients with RA were included in the study. Pain, and global assessments by patients and physicians were recorded using a 10 cm visual analogue scale. Each patient completed the HAQ and AIMS questionnaires. Correlations among tender and swollen joint counts, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, pain, and AIMS anxiety and depression scores were all investigated. Pearson correlation was used to assess the possible correlations between each questionnaire and clinical variables. Pain and the AIMS subscales of mobility, dexterity, social activity and activities of daily living correlated with global assessments by patients and physicians, and tender joint counts. Depression correlated with pain and disability (HAQ). It was also of note that we observed high intercorrelation between the global assessments of physicians and patients. It was concluded that a measure of functional status, patient global assessment and pain score should be considered as important in the evaluation of RA patients. Measuring psychological well-being also provides further information. The HAQ, with the addition of the anxiety and depression sections of AIMS (CLINHAQ), provides the advantage of a global evaluation of these chronically ill patients.