A RheuMetric physician checklist to quantitate levels of inflammation, damage and distress on 0-10 visual analogue scales

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  1. Division of Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.
  2. Division of Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA.
  3. Division of Rheumatology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA. tedpincus@gmail.com

CER10807 Submission on line
2017 Vol.35, N°5 ,Suppl.107 - PI 0021, PF 0025
General concepts. Pain in musculoskeletal diseases

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A physician global assessment of patient status (DOCGL) was designed initially to quantitate inflammatory activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) clinical trials, in which patients are selected for high levels of activity. However, in patients seen in routine care with various diagnoses, and even in some RA patients selected for clinical trials, DOCGL also may be affected by joint damage and/or patient distress. To clarify DOCGL on a 0-10 visual analogue scale (VAS), 3 additional 0-10 VAS have been developed to record physician estimates of inflammation (DOCINF), damage (DOCDAM), and distress (DOCSTR) (such as fibromyalgia (FM)/depression). Results from 3 locales for these 4 VASs are summarised, including 478 initial-visit patients from Tennessee in 1996 to 2007, 197 initial-visit patients from Pennsylvania in 2008 to 2012, and a random visit of 739 patients from Illinois in 2014 to 2015. Highest DOCGL estimates were seen at the 3 sites in FM, followed by RA and osteoarthritis (OA), spondyloarthropathies (SpA), gout, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Highest DOCINF (inflammation) estimates were seen in RA and SpA, followed by gout, SLE, FM, and OA. Highest DOCDAM (damage) estimates were in OA, followed by RA, SpA, gout, SLE and FM. Highest DOCSTR (distress) estimates were in FM, followed by OA, RA, SpA, SLE, and gout. In the 2 earlier series, DOCDAM was considerably higher than DOCINF only in OA, and lower in the other diagnoses, although within 50% of DOCINF. In more recent patients from Illinois, mean DOCDAM was higher than DOCINF in all 6 diagnoses. The 0-10 physician VASs depict the expertise of a rheumatologist to distinguish between inflammation, damage and distress in an individual patient and rate levels as quantitative data beyond narrative descriptions. These VASs appear informative for rheumatology care, documentation, and research.

PMID: 28967372 [PubMed]

Received: 12/09/2017 - Accepted : 13/09/2017 - In Press: 28/09/2017 - Published: 29/09/2017