Measuring quality of life in rheumatic conditions

Clin Rheumatol. 2007 May;26(5):671-3. doi: 10.1007/s10067-006-0450-8. Epub 2006 Nov 24.


Musculoskeletal disorders often have associated pain, functional impairment and work disability, and, not surprisingly, are the most common reasons for utilizing healthcare resources. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia (FM) are causes of musculoskeletal pain and disability. Research indicates that there is a widespread impact of RA and FM on physical, psychological and social factors in affected individuals, and thus, outcome measures that encompass multiple aspects of quality of life are needed. Generic measures of quality of life identify associations between physical conditions and mental health and highlight the need to address psychological functioning to ultimately improve the individuals' quality of life.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disability Evaluation
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / psychology