Impaired physical function in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies: results from the multicentre COVAD patient-reported e-survey

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2023 Mar 1;62(3):1204-1215. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keac441.


Objectives: The assessment of physical function is fundamental in the management of patients with idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs). We aimed to investigate the physical function of patients with IIMs compared with those with non-IIM autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIRDs) utilizing Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Physical Function (PF) data obtained in the COVAD study, an international self-reported e-survey assessing the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in AIRDs.

Methods: Demographics, AIRD diagnosis, disease activity, and PROMIS PF short form-10a data were extracted from the COVAD database. PROMIS PF-10a scores were compared between disease categories and stratified by disease activity. Factors affecting PROMIS PF-10a scores other than disease activity were identified by multivariable regression analysis in patients with inactive disease.

Results: A total of 1057 IIM patients, 3635 non-IIM AIRD patients and 3981 healthy controls (HCs) responded to the COVAD e-survey from April to August 2021. Using a binomial regression model, the predicted mean of PROMIS PF-10a scores was significantly lower in IIM patients compared with non-IIM AIRD patients or HCs [36.3 (95% CI 35.5, 37.1) vs 41.3 (95% CI 40.2, 42.5) vs 46.2 (95% CI 45.8, 46.6), P < 0.001], irrespective of disease activity. The independent factors for lower PROMIS PF-10a scores in patients with inactive disease were older age, female, longer disease duration, and a diagnosis of inclusion body myositis or polymyositis.

Conclusion: Physical function is significantly impaired in IIMs compared with non-IIM AIRDs or HCs, even in patients with inactive disease. Our study highlights a critical need for better strategies to minimize functional disability in patients with IIMs.

Keywords: COVAD; Myositis; PROMIS; e-survey; patient-reported outcome measures; physical function.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • COVID-19*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Myositis* / diagnosis
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Rheumatic Diseases*


  • COVID-19 Vaccines