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Evaluation of the Thompson articular index

Van Den Brink H, Van Der Heide A, Jacobs J, Van Der Veen M, Bijlsma J...(+5 more)

Journal of Rheumatology, vol. 20, issue 1 (1993) pp. 28-32

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Three articular indices for measuring disease activity are compared. In a cross sectional study the Thompson articular index (a modified Lansbury index) correlated better with laboratory variables than the Ritchie articular index or a swollen joint score (Thompson 0.74-0.77; Ritchie 0.57-0.58; swollen joint count 0.51-0.59). In a longitudinal study it was shown that the Thompson articular index is sensitive to detect changes of disease activity. We suggest that this index is appropriate for clinical trials.

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  • articular index
  • disease activity
  • laboratory variables
  • rheumatoid arthritis

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