The definition and measurement of disease modification in inflammatory rheumatic diseases

Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2006 Feb;32(1):9-44, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2005.09.005.


This article focuses on measures that are used to evaluate disease activity, damage, and function in three major inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders. The instruments used in rheumatoid arthritis, where most of the methodologic work has been done, are extensively discussed and instruments for the respective domains in psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are likewise presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / pathology*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / therapy
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / pathology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / therapy
  • Humans
  • Pain Measurement
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Recovery of Function / physiology
  • Treatment Outcome