Clinical assessment of osteoarthritis of the knee

Janet Cushnaghan*, Paul Dieppe, John Kirwan, Timothy McAlindon, Fiona McCrae

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Abstract

The repeatability of physical signs used to assess osteoarthritis of the knee has not been systematically examined. The within and between observer variation of 10 commonly used physical signs to determine osteoarthritis of the knee has been assessed here. The results obtained show variation in the repeatability of these signs. For those examining the tibiofemoral joints the repeatability was greater than for those examining the patellofemoral joint. It would therefore seem vital to take note of the repeatability of physical signs in detennining the number of subjects to be studied in epidemiological studies and therapeutic studies in osteoarthritis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)768-770
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume49
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990

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