To determine the validity of a self-reported physician diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in elderly women.
Women with self-reported RA were contacted and permission requested to contact their physician.
Physicians were mailed a questionnaire requesting information on the subject's arthritic condition.
Hand radiographs obtained at study entry were read for changes of RA.
The self-reported diagnosis of RA could be confirmed in 26 (21%) individuals.
The positive predictive value of self-reported RA was low in this cohort.
Caution needs to be exercised in the use and interpretation of self-report data concerning arthritic conditions in epidemiologic studies.
Mots-clés Pascal : Polyarthrite rhumatoïde, Femelle, Vieillard, Homme, Diagnostic, Malade, Evaluation, Information, Epidémiologie, Valeur prédictive, Critère, Questionnaire, Chronique, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rhumatisme inflammatoire, Immunopathologie, Maladie autoimmune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rheumatoid arthritis, Female, Elderly, Human, Diagnosis, Patient, Evaluation, Information, Epidemiology, Predictive value, Criterion, Questionnaire, Chronic, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Inflammatory joint disease, Immunopathology, Autoimmune disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0030040
Code Inist : 002B15D. Création : 21/05/1997.