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Quality of Life in Chronic Arthritis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chien-Sheng Wu, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 7, 2010
Last updated: February 19, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
Chronic joint complaints are prevalent in clinical practice. If chronic arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is not adequately controlled, it can not only affect patient's working ability but also produce indirect cost in patient's family. Quality of life will also be affected. Health-related quality of life issues are assuming increasing importance in chronic rheumatic diseases. However, studies on quality of life in rheumatic patients are limited. Factors related to quality of life are not clear. Application of quality of life measurement for improving clinical care of RA and AS patients is still difficult. The objective of this study was to evaluation the validity of EQ-5D life quality measurement in chronic arthritis patients in Taiwan. Factors associated with life quality will be addressed. This will also provide useful information for public health policy making.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Study on Quality of Life in Patients With Chronic Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by Chien-Sheng Wu, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Validity of life quality measurement EQ-5D in chronic arthritis patients [ Time Frame: EQ-5D at recruitment and 6 months later in chronic arthritis patients ]
    Effect of age, gender, diagnosis, disease duration and education on subjective feeling of quality of life (by EQ-5D) will be analyzed. Repeated measurements will be used for analysis of association between disease activity and quality of life.

Enrollment: 139
Study Start Date: November 2010
Study Completion Date: April 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
patients with rheumatoid arthritis
patients with ankylosing spondylitis


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patient with rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with mental illness which interfered with questionaire answering
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01357018

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
Taipei county, Taiwan, 220
Sponsors and Collaborators
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
Principal Investigator: Chien-Sheng Wu Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Chien-Sheng Wu, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01357018     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 099094-E
Study First Received: December 7, 2010
Last Updated: February 19, 2014

Keywords provided by Chien-Sheng Wu, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:
Ankylosing spondylitis
Disease activity
Quality of life
Rheumatoid arthritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Spondylitis, Ankylosing
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Bone Diseases, Infectious
Bone Diseases
Spinal Diseases
Ankylosis processed this record on September 19, 2017