Published online Jul 12, 2014. doi: 10.5499/wjr.v4.i2.6
Revised: June 12, 2014
Accepted: July 7, 2014
Published online: July 12, 2014
Rheumatologic disorders cause functional impairment and significantly affect health-related quality of life. Functional assessment and health-related quality of life scales are increasingly being used as outcome measures to assess the influence of the diseases and health outcome in clinical studies of patients with rheumatologic diseases. In this article, we review the functional assessment and health-related quality of life measures which have been commonly used as outcome measures in rheumatologic disorders. These measures are Short form-36 (SF-36), SF-12, Nottingham Health Profile, Sickness Impact Profile, EuroQol, SF-6D, Health Utilities Index mark 2 and 3, Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire, Rheumatoid Arthritis Quality of Life Questionnaire, Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales, McMaster Toronto Arthritis Patient Preference Disability Questionnaire, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index, Lequesne Index, Knee Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score, Knee Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score-Physical Function Short-form, Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score, Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score-Physical Function SF, Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life Scale, Gout Assessment Questionnaires, Dougados Functional Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index, and Ankylosing Spondylitis Quality of Life Scale.
Core tip: Health-related quality of life is an increasing important outcome in health care. This article presents an overview of the most important health-related quality of life and functional assessment measures, which have been commonly used in rheumatologic disorders.