Validity of self-reported rheumatoid arthritis in elderly women

Vicki L. Star, Jean C. Scott, Roger Sherwin, Nancy E Lane, Michael C. Nevitt, Marc C. Hochberg

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Objective. To determine the validity of a self-reported physician diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in elderly women. Methods. Women with self-reported RA were contacted and permission requested to contact their physician. Physicians were mailed a questionnaire requesting information on the subject's arthritic condition. Hand radiographs obtained at study entry were read for changes of RA. Results. The self-reported diagnosis of RA could be confirmed in 26 (21%) individuals. Conclusion. The positive predictive value of self-reported RA was low in this cohort. Caution needs to be exercised in the use and interpretation of self-report data concerning arthritic conditions in epidemiologic studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1862-1865
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1996


  • Criteria
  • Epidemiology
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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