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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909088/construct-validity-of-radiographs-of-the-feet-to-assess-joint-damage-in-patients-with-gout
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Bart Spaetgens, Caroline van Durme, Casper Webers, An Tran-Duy, Thea Schoonbrood, Annelies Boonen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate construct validity of radiographic damage of the feet in gout. METHODS: Radiographs of the feet were scored using the Sharp/van der Heijde method. Factors associated with damage were investigated by a negative binomial model, and contribution of damage to health by linear regressions. RESULTS: Age, disease duration, serum uric acid, and tophi were associated with being erosive and erosion score. Tophi were associated with joint space narrowing...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909087/stand-up-and-be-counted-measuring-and-mapping-the-rheumatology-workforce-in-canada
#2
Claire E H Barber, Lauren Jewett, Elizabeth M Badley, Diane Lacaille, Alfred Cividino, Vandana Ahluwalia, Henry Averns, Cory Baillie, Janet Ellsworth, Janet Pope, Deborah Levy, Christine Charnock, Claire McGowan, J Carter Thorne, Cheryl Barnabe, Michel Zummer, Katie Lundon, Robert S McDougall, John G Thomson, Elaine A Yacyshyn, Dianne Mosher, Julie Brophy, Thanu Nadarajah Ruban, Deborah A Marshall
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the practicing rheumatologist workforce, the Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) launched the Stand Up and Be Counted workforce survey in 2015. METHODS: The survey was distributed electronically to 695 individuals, of whom 519 were expected to be practicing rheumatologists. Demographic and practice information were elicited. We estimated the number of full-time equivalent rheumatologists per 75,000 population from the median proportion of time devoted to clinical practice multiplied by provincial rheumatologist numbers from the Canadian Medical Association...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909086/the-12-item-psoriatic-arthritis-impact-of-disease-questionnaire-construct-validity-reliability-and-interpretability-in-a-clinical-setting
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Marco Di Carlo, Andrea Becciolini, Valentina Lato, Chiara Crotti, Ennio Giulio Favalli, Fausto Salaffi
OBJECTIVE: To study, in a real-life setting, the construct validity, the reliability, and the interpretability of the 12-item Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease (PsAID-12) questionnaire in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). METHODS: In 144 consecutive patients with PsA (81 men and 63 women, mean age of 51.4 ± 12.8 yrs, and 77 receiving biologic treatment), the PsAID-12 and other patient-reported outcomes (PRO) were collected, such as the Dermatology Life Quality Index...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909085/a-negative-antinuclear-antibody-does-not-indicate-autoantibody-negativity-in-myositis-role-of-anticytoplasmic-antibody-as-a-screening-test-for-antisynthetase-syndrome
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Rohit Aggarwal, Namrata Dhillon, Noreen Fertig, Diane Koontz, Zengbiao Qi, Chester V Oddis
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of anticytoplasmic autoantibody (anti-CytAb) in antisynthetase antibody-positive (anti-SynAb+) patients. METHODS: Anti-SynAb+ patients were evaluated for antinuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-CytAb [cytoplasmic staining on indirect immunofluorescence (IIF)] positivity. Anti-SynAb+ patients included those possessing anti-Jo1 and other antisynthetase autoantibodies. Control groups included scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and healthy subjects...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909084/sustained-benefits-of-exercise-based-motivational-interviewing-but-only-among-nonusers-of-opioids-in-patients-with-fibromyalgia
#5
Sunghye Kim, James E Slaven, Dennis C Ang
OBJECTIVE: Given the known side effects of opioids and their potential effects on cognition, we sought to evaluate the benefits of motivational interviewing (MI) to promote physical activity on 2 subsets of participants with fibromyalgia (FM): nonusers and users of opioids. METHODS: This was a secondary data analysis of a 36-week randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of MI to promote physical activity among participants with FM. Participants were randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms: 6 phone-based MI sessions (n = 107) or 6 sessions of FM self-management instructions [attention control (AC), n = 109]...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909083/continual-maintenance-of-remission-defined-by-the-acr-eular-criteria-in-daily-practice-leads-to-better-functional-outcomes-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#6
Kumi Shidara, Ayako Nakajima, Eisuke Inoue, Daisuke Hoshi, Naoki Sugimoto, Yohei Seto, Eiichi Tanaka, Shigeki Momohara, Atsuo Taniguchi, Hisashi Yamanaka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate longterm functional outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) based on the number of times that the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) or the 28-joint Disease Activity Score (DAS28) remission criteria were fulfilled. METHODS: Patients with RA who participated in all 6 data collections in an observational cohort from 2008 to 2010 and who fulfilled the DAS28 remission criteria at baseline were studied...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909082/proteomic-investigation-of-dermal-fibroblasts-isolated-from-affected-and-unaffected-skin-samples-from-patients-with-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-2-distinct-entities
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Claudio Corallo, Annalisa Santucci, Giulia Bernardini, Natale Figura, Roberto Leoncini, Giulia Riolo, Antonio Montella, Chiara Chirico, Ranuccio Nuti, Nicola Giordano
OBJECTIVE: To identify using proteomic analysis the proteins of altered abundance in the affected and unaffected limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (lcSSc) skin fibroblasts. METHODS: Excision biopsies (3 mm) were obtained from the affected and unaffected skin of 5 patients with lcSSc. Dermal fibroblasts were isolated enzymatically. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis was used to separate and define proteins in affected and unaffected fibroblast lysates. Proteins of altered abundance were identified by mass spectrometry...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909081/five-year-efficacy-and-safety-of-tocilizumab-monotherapy-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-who-were-methotrexate-and-biologic-naive-or-free-of-methotrexate-for-6-months-the-ambition-study
#8
Graeme Jones, Thomas Wallace, Matthew J McIntosh, Laura Brockwell, Juan J Gómez-Reino, Anthony Sebba
OBJECTIVE: To report on the 5-year efficacy and safety results of the AMBITION (Actemra versus Methotrexate double-Blind Investigative Trial In mONotherapy) monotherapy study (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00109408, NCT00720798). METHODS: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis for whom biologics had not failed or who did not discontinue methotrexate because of lack of efficacy or tolerability were followed up for 5 years to assess the efficacy and serious adverse events (SAE) of tocilizumab (TCZ) monotherapy...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909080/ankylosing-spondylitis-versus-nonradiographic-axial-spondyloarthritis-comparison-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-effectiveness-and-effect-of-hla-b27-status-an-observational-cohort-study-from-the-nationwide-danbio-registry
#9
Bente Glintborg, Inge J Sørensen, Mikkel Østergaard, Lene Dreyer, Abdiweli A Mohamoud, Niels S Krogh, Oliver Hendricks, Lis S Andersen, Johnny L Raun, Marcin R Kowalski, Laura Danielsen, Randi Pelck, Henrik Nordin, Jens K Pedersen, Dorte G A Kraus, Susan R Christensen, Inger M J Hansen, Jakob Esbesen, Annette Schlemmer, Anne G Loft, Nabil Al Chaer, Lone Salomonsen, Merete L Hetland
OBJECTIVE: To compare baseline disease activity and treatment effectiveness in biologic-naive patients with nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who initiate tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) treatment and to study the role of potential confounders (e.g., HLA-B27 status). METHODS: Observational cohort study based on prospectively registered data in the nationwide DANBIO registry. We used Kaplan-Meier plots, Cox, and logistic regression analyses to study the effect of diagnosis (nr-axSpA vs AS) and potential confounders (sex/age/start yr/HLA-B27/disease duration/TNFi-type/smoking/baseline disease activity) on TNFi adherence and response [e...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803141/development-sensibility-and-validity-of-a-systemic-autoimmune-rheumatic-disease-case-ascertainment-tool
#10
Susan M Armstrong, Joan E Wither, Alan M Borowoy, Carolina Landolt-Marticorena, Aileen M Davis, Sindhu R Johnson
OBJECTIVE: Case ascertainment through self-report is a convenient but often inaccurate method to collect information. The purposes of this study were to develop, assess the sensibility, and validate a tool to identify cases of systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD) in the outpatient setting. METHODS: The SARD tool was administered to subjects sampled from specialty clinics. Determinants of sensibility - comprehensibility, feasibility, validity, and acceptability - were evaluated using a numeric rating scale from 1-7...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803140/rate-of-comorbidities-in-giant-cell-arteritis-a-population-based-study
#11
Aladdin J Mohammad, Martin Englund, Carl Turesson, Gunnar Tomasson, Peter A Merkel
OBJECTIVE: To compare the rate of occurrence of comorbidities, including severe infections, in a population-based cohort of patients with biopsy-proven giant cell arteritis (GCA) with a reference population in Southern Sweden. METHODS: The study included a population-based cohort of biopsy-proven GCA cases diagnosed between 1998 and 2010 from the Skåne region in Southern Sweden (population: 1.2 million). For each patient, 4 reference subjects were identified from the general population and matched for age, sex, area of residence, and date of diagnosis of GCA...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803136/the-direct-economic-burden-of-gout-in-an-elderly-canadian-population
#12
Aren Fischer, Michel Cloutier, Jason Goodfield, Richard Borrelli, Dawn Marvin, Alison Dziarmaga
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the direct healthcare cost and resource use from the public payer perspective between patients with incident gout and matched gout-free patients in Ontario. METHODS: Patients with incident gout aged ≥ 66 with uninterrupted Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage in the 1-year baseline period were included in the study. Patients with gout were indexed at first gout diagnosis or prescription over the study period April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2014...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803135/childhood-arthritis-and-rheumatology-research-alliance-consensus-clinical-treatment-plans-for-juvenile-dermatomyositis-with-persistent-skin-rash
#13
Adam M Huber, Susan Kim, Ann M Reed, Ruy Carrasco, Brian M Feldman, Sandy D Hong, Philip Kahn, Homaira Rahimi, Angela Byun Robinson, Richard K Vehe, Jennifer E Weiss, Charles Spencer
OBJECTIVE: Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is the most common form of idiopathic inflammatory myopathy in children. While outcomes are generally thought to be good, persistence of skin rash is a common problem. The goal of this study was to describe the development of clinical treatment plans (CTP) for children with JDM characterized by persistent skin rash despite complete resolution of muscle involvement. METHODS: The Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, a North American consortium of pediatric rheumatologists and other healthcare providers, used a combination of Delphi surveys and nominal group consensus meetings to develop CTP that reflected consensus on typical treatments for patients with JDM with persistent skin rash...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803134/gene-expression-profiling-in-blood-and-affected-muscle-tissues-reveals-differential-activation-pathways-in-patients-with-new-onset-juvenile-and-adult-dermatomyositis
#14
Consuelo M López De Padilla, Cynthia S Crowson, Molly S Hein, Richard S Pendegraft, Michael A Strausbauch, Timothy B Niewold, Floranne C Ernste, Erik Peterson, Emily C Baechler, Ann M Reed
OBJECTIVE: To identify shared and differential molecular pathways in blood and affected muscle between adult dermatomyositis (DM) and juvenile DM, and their association with clinical disease activity measures. METHODS: Gene expression of transcription factors and cytokines involved in differentiation and effector function of T cell subsets, regulatory T cells and follicular Th cells, were analyzed in the blood from 21 newly diagnosed adult and 26 juvenile DM subjects and in 15 muscle specimens (7 adult and 8 juvenile DM) using a custom RT2 Profiler PCR Array...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803133/comparison-of-the-phenotype-and-outcome-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-between-uk-and-japanese-cohorts
#15
Shunsuke Furuta, Afzal N Chaudhry, Yoshihiro Arimura, Hiroaki Dobashi, Shouichi Fujimoto, Sakae Homma, Niels Rasmussen, David R Jayne
OBJECTIVE: There are differences in the frequencies of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA)-associated vasculitis subgroups between different geographic regions, and we have reported differences in the phenotype of microscopic polyangiitis between Europe and Japan. In this retrospective observational study, we compared phenotypes and outcomes of granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) between the United Kingdom and Japan. METHODS: We identified 128 UK and 82 Japanese patients with GPA diagnosed between 2000 and 2012...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744398/prevalence-of-systemic-sclerosis-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-using-the-new-acr-eular-classification-criteria
#16
Boyang Zheng, Catherine Vincent, Marvin J Fritzler, Jean-Luc Senécal, Martial Koenig, France Joyal
OBJECTIVE: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a well-established disease associated with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). However, the original 1980 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria have poor sensitivity, especially for the detection of earlier SSc in previous studies. The objective was to evaluate the prevalence of SSc in patients with PBC using more sensitive 2001 LeRoy and Medsger criteria and the 2013 ACR/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) classification criteria...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744397/limited-reliability-of-radiographic-assessment-of-sacroiliac-joints-in-patients-with-suspected-early-spondyloarthritis
#17
Alice Ashouri Christiansen, Oliver Hendricks, Dorota Kuettel, Kim Hørslev-Petersen, Anne Grethe Jurik, Steen Nielsen, Kaspar Rufibach, Anne Gitte Loft, Susanne Juhl Pedersen, Louise Thuesen Hermansen, Mikkel Østergaard, Bodil Arnbak, Claus Manniche, Ulrich Weber
OBJECTIVE: To determine the reproducibility of evaluation of sacroiliac joint (SIJ) radiographs among readers with varying levels of experience, and to identify potential drivers of disagreement in classification among 5 predefined radiographic lesion types. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 104 consecutive patients aged 18-40 with low back pain ≥ 3 months of duration who met the Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) definition for a positive SIJ magnetic resonance imaging, or were HLA-B27-positive and had ≥ 1 spondyloarthritis (SpA)-related clinical/laboratory feature according to the ASAS classification criteria for axial SpA...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744395/rheumatoid-arthritis-and-coronary-artery-disease-genetic-analyses-do-not-support-a-causal-relation
#18
Henning Jansen, Christina Willenborg, Wolfgang Lieb, Lingyao Zeng, Paola Gloria Ferrario, Christina Loley, Inke R König, Jeanette Erdmann, Nilesh J Samani, Heribert Schunkert
OBJECTIVE: Inflammatory diseases, specifically rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are assumed to increase the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). More recently, multiple single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) associated with RA risk were identified. If causal mechanisms affecting risks of RA and CAD are overlapping, risk alleles for RA might also increase the risk of CAD. METHODS: Sixty-one SNP associating with RA in genome-wide significant analyses were tested for association with CAD in CARDIoGRAM (Coronary ARtery DIsease Genome wide Replication and Meta-analysis), a metaanalysis including genome-wide association data (22,233 CAD cases, 64,762 controls)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744394/risk-of-diabetes-mellitus-among-patients-diagnosed-with-giant-cell-arteritis-or-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-comparison-with-the-general-population
#19
Mikkel Faurschou, Magnus G Ahlström, Jesper Lindhardsen, Niels Obel, Bo Baslund
OBJECTIVE: Patients with organ- or life-threatening vasculitis receive high cumulative glucocorticoid (GC) doses during their disease course. GC have diabetogenic effects, but the risk of diabetes mellitus (DM) related to vasculitis therapy is not well characterized. We assessed the DM risk among patients diagnosed with giant cell arteritis (GCA) or granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), i.e., patients with relatively common forms of systemic vasculitis. METHODS: We used Danish healthcare registries to identify 1682 patients diagnosed with GCA and 342 patients diagnosed with GPA from 1997 to 2015 and to obtain information regarding medication exposures...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744393/developing-an-omeract-core-outcome-set-for-assessing-safety-components-in-rheumatology-trials-the-omeract-safety-working-group
#20
Louise Klokker, Peter Tugwell, Daniel E Furst, Dan Devoe, Paula Williamson, Caroline B Terwee, Maria E Suarez-Almazor, Vibeke Strand, Thasia Woodworth, Amye L Leong, Niti Goel, Maarten Boers, Peter M Brooks, Lee S Simon, Robin Christensen
OBJECTIVE: Failure to report harmful outcomes in clinical research can introduce bias favoring a potentially harmful intervention. While core outcome sets (COS) are available for benefits in randomized controlled trials in many rheumatic conditions, less attention has been paid to safety in such COS. The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Filter 2.0 emphasizes the importance of measuring harms. The Safety Working Group was reestablished at the OMERACT 2016 with the objective to develop a COS for assessing safety components in trials across rheumatologic conditions...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Rheumatology
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