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Natural History of Rheumatic Diseases in Minority Communities

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00024479
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : September 14, 2001
Last Update Posted : November 8, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):

Study Description
Brief Summary:

This study will explore the causes of rheumatic diseases and why many of them affect certain minority communities more severely. Rheumatic diseases may cause joint pain, stiffness or swelling. Some can involve bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments. Some cause abnormalities of the immune system the body s defense against disease. Some rheumatic diseases are painful or deforming and some can be life threatening. Information obtained from this study will be used to learn about the disparities in rheumatic disease in the minority community and to design further, more targeted, research studies to address this issue.

Patients with known or suspected rheumatic disease 18 years of age or older may be eligible for this study. Candidates will undergo a medical history and physical examination to confirm the diagnosis of rheumatic disease and determine what is needed for evaluation and treatment.

Participants will receive standard medical care for rheumatic disease and arthritis. No experimental treatments, medications or procedures will be included in this study. Procedures may include routine blood tests for blood chemistries, cell counts, and antibodies commonly found in patients with rheumatic disease; a urine test for proteins and cells; and X-rays and other imaging tests to check for abnormalities in the lungs or other organs. All medical information will be kept confidential.

Patients who are found to be eligible for other current NIH research studies will be offered an opportunity to participate in these studies.

Condition or disease
Rheumatic Disease

Detailed Description:

This protocol will permit the evaluation and treatment of subjects who are members of the

minority community, for the purpose to facilitate understanding the pathogenesis and natural history of rheumatic diseases in this community. Patients will be evaluated with a history and physical examination and routine laboratory studies will be obtained as needed to assess diagnosis, disease activity, disease complications and to monitor for treatment related responses and toxicities. Patients eligible for other research protocols will be offered an opportunity to participate in these studies by signed informed consent. Any medical care recommended or provided to the patient will be consistent with routine standards of practice and will be provided in consultation with the patient s referring physician. All patients referred to this study must have a primary care provider provide a referral. The establishment of this protocol will provide a means to evaluate and treat patients from the minority community, and to generate hypotheses and protocols based on this clinical experience that will address questions of health disparities in the rheumatic diseases.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 100000 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Studies of the Natural History of Rheumatic Disease in Minority Communities
Study Start Date : September 12, 2001
Groups and Cohorts

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. To generate hypotheses relating to basis and/or effects of health disparities in the community, which may serve as basis for subsequent research efforts based in the community and/or at NIH Clinical Center.

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Subjects with known or suspected rheumatic disease.

Age greater than or equal to 18 years.

Willingness and capacity to provide informed consent.


Patients who cannot meet the inclusion criteria.

Contacts and Locations

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00024479

Contact: James D Katz, M.D. (301) 451-6807 james.katz@nih.gov

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010    prpl@mail.cc.nih.gov   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Principal Investigator: James D Katz, M.D. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00024479     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 010227
First Posted: September 14, 2001    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 8, 2017
Last Verified: October 24, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) ):
Rheumatic Disease
Community Based
Health Disparities

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Rheumatic Diseases
Collagen Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases