Measuring health status in arthritis. The arthritis impact measurement scales.

Authors: Meenan R (1) , Gertman PM (1) , Mason JH (1)
(1) Boston University School of Medicine
Source: Arthritis Rheum. 1980 Feb;23(2):146-52.
DOI: 10.1002/art.1780230203 Publication date: 1980 Feb E-Publication date: Nov. 23, 2005 Availability: abstract Copyright: © 1980 American College of Rheumatology
Language: English Countries: Not specified Location: Not specified Correspondence address: Meenan RF :
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston City Hospital 3E-09, 818 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118


Article abstract

A multidimensional index that measures the health status of individuals with arthritis has been developed. The Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS) are a combination of previously studied and newly created health status scales which assess physical, emotional, and social well-being. The self-administered AIMS questionnaire has been pilot tested in a mixed arthritis population. Results indicate that the instrument is practical and that it generates scalable, reliable, and valid measures of both aggregated and disaggregated health status. The AIMS approach to health status measurement should prove useful for evaluating the outcomes of arthritis treatments and programs.

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