Evaluation of the arthritis impact measurement scales (AIMS2) in Finnish patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
ABSTRACT To evaluate the validity and reliability of the Finnish version of the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS2) in Finnish patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
The reliability of the Finnish AIMS2 (Finn-AIMS2) questionnaire was assessed by test retest procedure and internal consistency of health-status scales. Construct validity was assessed by factor analysis, and convergent validity by correlation coefficients, with several disease activity and functional status variables.
Internal consistency was 0.79-0.89 and test retest reliability 0.72-0.97. Factor analysis identified three factors: physical, psychosocial, and pain. There were strong correlations between the Finn-AIMS2 health-status scales and the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ).
The Finn-AIMS2 questionnaire is a reliable and valid instrument for measuring health status in middle-aged Finnish patients with RA. The results also support the applicability of AIMS2 in comparisons in multinational studies.
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ABSTRACT: Objectives: To develop Portuguese evidence-based recommendations for pain management by pharmocotherapy in inflammatory arthritis. Methods: The Portuguese project was integrated in the multinational 3E Initiative (Evidence, Expertise, Exchange) 2010 where a total of 453 rheumatologists from 17 countries have participated. The clinical questions concerning pain were formulated and the Portuguese group added 2 more questions. A systematic literature search was performed in Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library and 2008-2009 EULAR and ACR abstracts. The selected articles were systematically reviewed and the evidence was defined according to the Oxford Levels of Evidence. In each country a group of experts joined to discuss their national recommendations. In Portugal, the national meeting was held in October 2010, where 33 rheumatologists discussed and voted by Delphi method the national recommendations. Finally, the agreement among the rheumatologists and the potential impact on their clinical practice was assessed. Results: Thirteen national recommendations were formulated: pain measure scores; analgesic combination therapy; pharmacotherapy in preconception, pregnancy and lactation periods; pharmacotherapy according to comorbilities; safety of NSAIDs and/or paracetamol with methotrexate combination therapy; efficacy and safety of continuous/on-demand NSAIDs; opioids, paracetamol, corticosteroids, antidepressants, neuromodulators and muscle relaxants role and effectiveness; risk factors for the development of chronic pain and the role of topic analgesics. Conclusion: The portuguese recommendations for the pain management by pharmacotherapy in inflammatory arthritis were formulated according to the best evidence and supported by a panel of 63 rheumatologists. The differences between the national and international recommendations are reported in this article.Acta reumatologica portuguesa 04/2012; 37(2):160-174. · 0.70 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To examine the factorial validity of the short form Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales 2 (AIMS2-SF) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Data were from a sample of 279 patients with active RA who completed the long form AIMS2 before starting treatment with tumor necrosis factor alpha-blocking agents. Confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to test and compare the fit of the currently used theoretical measurement model of the AIMS2-SF, originally suggested for the long form AIMS2, and 2 alternative models based on previous exploratory research. A model with the physical dimension divided into upper and lower body limitations was superior to the current model, and both models provided a clearly better fit than a model without a separate symptom dimension. Under the restrictive assumption of uncorrelated error terms, none of the models achieved a consistent and acceptable fit as judged by several goodness-of-fit indices. Allowing error covariances between 6 pairs of items within the same dimension resulted in an improved and acceptable fit of both the current model and the model with a separate upper and lower body component. This study generally supports the factorial validity of the AIMS2-SF and suggests the use of separate scores for upper and lower body limitations. Further research is needed to resolve the issue of high error correlations associated with particular items.Arthritis & Rheumatology 06/2008; 59(5):692-8. · 7.48 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To validate a translated and culturally adapted version of the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale (AIMS) 2 in primary care patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee. The AIMS2 was translated into German and culturally adapted. The questionnaire then was administered to 220 primary care patients with OA of the knee or hip. Two hundred and nine questionnaires were returned and analysed. Test-retest reliability was tested in 50 randomly selected patients, of those 42 completed the questionnaire after 2 weeks for a second time. Item-scale correlations were reasonably good as well as the discriminative power of separate scales. The assessment of internal consistency reliability also revealed satisfactory values; Cronbach's alpha was 0.77 or higher for all scales. The test-retest reliability, estimated in an intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), exceeded 0.90, except the "social activities" scale (0.87). Since only patients with OA of the lower limb were enrolled, substantial floor effects occurred in the "arm function" (28.2%) and the "hand and finger function" scale (29.2%). The principal factor analysis confirmed the postulated three-factor structure with a physical, physiological and social dimension, explaining 48.5%, 13.9% and 6.8% of the variation, respectively. External validity was assessed by calculating correlations to the Western Ontario and MacMaster (WOMAC) osteoarthritis questionnaire a pain visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Kellgren score as well as to disease duration. Spearman's "R" achieved satisfactory values for the corresponding WOMAC scales and the pain-VAS. Correlations with disease duration as well as with the radiological grading were low. The GERMAN-AIMS2 is a reliable and valid instrument to assess the quality of life (QoL) in primary care patients suffering from OA.Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 11/2007; 15(10):1128-33. · 4.26 Impact Factor