Does removal of aids/devices and help make a difference in the Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire disability index?

C. Saad-Magalhães, A. Pistorio, A. Ravelli, G. Filocamo, S. Viola, R. Brik, D. Mihaylova, R. Ten Cate, B. Andersson-Gare, V. Ferriani, K. Minden, P. Hashkes, M. Rygg, M. J. Sauvain, H. Venning, A. Martini, N. Ruperto

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Abstract

Objective: To assess whether the removal of aids/ devices and/or help from another person in the Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (C-HAQ) leads to a significant change in the disability index (DI) score and responsiveness in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Methods: Changes in the C-HAQ DI score in a crosssectional sample of 2663 children with JIA and in 530 active patients with JIA in a trial of methotrexate (MTX) were compared. Results: Patients in the MTX trial had higher disease activity and disability than the cross-sectional sample. The frequency of aids/devices (range 1.2-10.2%) was similar between the two samples, while help (range 5.3-38.1%) was more frequently used in the MTX group. Correlation between disease severity variables and the two different C-HAQ DI scoring methods did not change substantially. There was a decrease in the C-HAQ DI score for both the cross-sectional (mean score from 0.64 with the original method to 0.54 without aids/devices and help, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-87
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume69
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Allergy

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