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Optimisation of rheumatology measures


RADAI-5 to monitor rheumatoid arthritis

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2014 Vol.32, N°5 ,Suppl.85
PI 0055, PF 0058
Optimisation of rheumatology measures

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PMID: 25365090 [PubMed]

Received: 01/09/2014
Accepted : 10/09/2014
In Press: 30/10/2014
Published: 03/11/2014


Providing the physician with sufficient information about the disease course can be regarded as the most important requirement for any disease assessment tool besides easy applicability and time-sparing documentation. Applying the RADAI-5 in daily routine provides the patient`s view at any time completing the questionnaire. In a first study, the RADAI-5 resulted to be highly significantly correlated to the RADAI, and all composite indexes. Changes of the RADAI-5, the DAS28-ESR, and the CDAI were significantly correlated, indicating the instrument`s sensitivity to change. A second study including 392 RA patients led to the establishment of thresholds for disease activity categories according to the RADAI-5, as follows: 0.0 up to 1.4 for a remission-like state, 1.6 up to 3.0 for mild disease activity, 3.2 up to 5.4 for moderate and from 5.6 up to 10.0 for high disease activity. In a third study, remission according to the RADAI-5 appeared to be highly specific for the ACR/EULAR criteria for remission The RADAI-5 questionnaire constitutes an easily applicable tool for routine RA monitoring, providing physicians with reliable information about the disease course and sensitivity enough to sound the alarm should complications occur.

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