The arthritis impact measurement scales. Further investigations of a health status measure

Arthritis Rheum. 1982 Sep;25(9):1048-53. doi: 10.1002/art.1780250903.


The Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS) have been developed to assess the health status of arthritis patients. In this study, the self-administered AIMS questionnaire, which includes scales designed to measure the physical, psychologic, and social aspects of health status, was completed by 625 patients with various forms of arthritis. A comprehensive battery of analytic techniques was used to investigate the performance of these scales in this large sample. The results confirmed the reliability and validity of the AIMS instrument. They also showed that AIMS performs well in at least 4 major types of arthritis, in a range of sociodemographic groups, and across time. These findings emphasize the strengths of the AIMS approach and suggest that the instrument will prove useful as a tool to assess arthritis outcome in a wide variety of clinical settings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthritis / physiopathology*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged