Quality of Life Assessment in Arthritis

  • S. M. Skevington


Arthritis is rarely fatal but profoundly affects functioning, so there are important quality of life implications for these patients. Pain and disability are key issues in this disease, and has stimulated discussion of more general points on measuring quality of life cross-culturally. Following general remarks about conceptualization of the issue, this report reviews some important scales and concludes that, while a number of generic and specific instruments exist which could be used to evaluate the lives of those with arthritis, several do not assess pain and none includes the broad range of quality of life issues, positive and negative, to provide a comprehensive assessment. Future scales will need to take account of the fluctuating nature of the disease and how this affects the stability of measurement.


Rheumatoid Arthritis Life Assessment Sickness Impact Profile Interethnic Difference Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale 
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