Disease assessment indices: activity, damage and severity

Baillieres Clin Rheumatol. 1995 May;9(2):267-85. doi: 10.1016/s0950-3579(05)80190-6.


The methodology for developing and assessing disease status measures is now well-advanced. For some diseases, in particular SLE and RA, these methods have been applied and instruments either are being or have been validated. For other conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis and Behçet's disease, there is still a need for reliable measures to be proposed and evaluated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Pain Measurement
  • Radiography
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rheumatic Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Rheumatic Diseases / physiopathology*
  • Severity of Illness Index*