Session Type: ACR Poster Session A
Session Time: 9:00AM-11:00AM
Background/Purpose: In studies of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), disease activity and patient reported outcomes are often used as endpoints. However, these measures may not reflect the full impact of RA on function in all patients. The objective of this study were to: 1) investigate grip strength in early RA; 2) assess grip strength in patients with limited self-reported disability.
Methods: An inception cohort of patients with early RA (symptom duration ≤12 months), recruited in 1995-2005, was investigated. Grip force (Newton, N) was measured using the electronic instrument Grippit (AB Detektor, Gothenburg, Sweden). Average and peak grip force values of the dominant hand were evaluated and compared to the expected, based on age- and sex-specific reference values from the literature
Results: A total of 225 patients with early RA (71 % women, mean age 60 years, 61 % RF positive, 57 % anti-CCP2 positive) were investigated. At baseline, the median HAQ-DI score was 0.75 (interquartile range 0.38-1.25). The mean baseline average grip force was 105 N [standard deviation (SD)
To cite this abstract in AMA style:Rydholm M, Book C, Wikström I, Jacobsson LTH, Turesson C. Despite Early Improvement and Limited Self-Reported Disability, Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Still Have Impaired Grip Strength 5 Years after Diagnosis [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/despite-early-improvement-and-limited-self-reported-disability-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-still-have-impaired-grip-strength-5-years-after-diagnosis/. Accessed August 4, 2021.
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