Arthritis Rheum. 2003 Oct 15;49(5):658-64. Currey SS, Rao JK, Winfield JB, Callahan LF. Thurston Arthritis Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of a generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) measure in a rheumatology clinic population.
METHODS: Participants (n = 619) with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis receiving care from rheumatologists completed mailed questionnaires that included the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) HRQOL measure and condition-specific measures assessing disability, pain, fatigue, and helplessness. The BRFSS assesses global health and number of days in the past 30 of poor physical or mental health or activity limitation.
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The overall sample was described, followed by comparison of adjusted scores on all HRQOL measures by diagnosis.
RESULTS: Participants reported mild difficulty with activities of daily living, marked pain and fatigue, and moderate helplessness. Participants reported a mean of 8 or more days out of 30 of poor physical and mental health and activity limitations; more than 40% reported poor or fair health. Participants with fibromyalgia reported more ill health on condition-specific measures and the BRFSS HRQOL measures than did participants with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
CONCLUSION: The BRFSS HRQOL measure is a brief, easily administered, generic health indicator that shows differences among rheumatic disease diagnoses.
PMID: 14558051 [PubMed – in process]