Criteria for rheumatic disease. Different types and different functions. The American College of Rheumatology Diagnostic and Therapeutic Criteria Committee

Arthritis Rheum. 1994 Apr;37(4):454-62. doi: 10.1002/art.1780370403.


Criteria sets formalize our approach to studying the etiology, course, and management of rheumatic diseases, and provide a conceptual base for measuring future improvements in clinical care. They focus our clinical objectives and improve our clinical research activities. They are dynamic, evolving, and will certainly undergo major changes. Understanding the purposes of specific criteria sets and the differences between different criteria categories is crucial for understanding the rheumatic disease literature and for the design and conduct of clinical and epidemiologic investigations.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Rheumatic Diseases / classification*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / complications
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome