Clinical judgment in rheumatoid arthritis. I. Rheumatologists' opinions and the development of 'paper patients'

J. R. Kirwan, D. M. Chaput de Saintonge, C. R.B. Joyce, H. L.F. Currey

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Abstract

Opinions about the importance of various measures of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis gathered from a survey of 20% of British rheumatologists showed a wide diversity for all clinical variables. 'Paper patients' have been developed as a method of investigating actual clinical decisions rather than expressed opinions. Assessments based on 'paper patients' correlate highly (r = +0.901) with those made on the equivalent real patients when seen in person.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-647
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1983

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