A nursing perspective on the assessment of function in persons with arthritis

Authors

  • Jean Goeppinger,

    1. School of Nursing and Project Director, Impact of Arthritis Self-Care on Rural Persons with Arthritis, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. M. Anne Thomas Doyle, MA, is presently Coordinator, The Arthritis Center, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation. At the time the research was conducted she was a research assistant on the arthritis self-care project. Sarah L. Charlton, MSN, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Kate Lorig, DrPH, RN, is a senior research associate in the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and the principal investigator on the Arthritis Self-Management Study.
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  • M. Thomas Anne Doyle,

    1. School of Nursing and Project Director, Impact of Arthritis Self-Care on Rural Persons with Arthritis, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. M. Anne Thomas Doyle, MA, is presently Coordinator, The Arthritis Center, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation. At the time the research was conducted she was a research assistant on the arthritis self-care project. Sarah L. Charlton, MSN, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Kate Lorig, DrPH, RN, is a senior research associate in the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and the principal investigator on the Arthritis Self-Management Study.
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  • Sarah L. Charlton,

    1. School of Nursing and Project Director, Impact of Arthritis Self-Care on Rural Persons with Arthritis, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. M. Anne Thomas Doyle, MA, is presently Coordinator, The Arthritis Center, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation. At the time the research was conducted she was a research assistant on the arthritis self-care project. Sarah L. Charlton, MSN, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Kate Lorig, DrPH, RN, is a senior research associate in the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and the principal investigator on the Arthritis Self-Management Study.
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  • Kate Lorig

    1. School of Nursing and Project Director, Impact of Arthritis Self-Care on Rural Persons with Arthritis, at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. M. Anne Thomas Doyle, MA, is presently Coordinator, The Arthritis Center, Park Nicollet Medical Foundation. At the time the research was conducted she was a research assistant on the arthritis self-care project. Sarah L. Charlton, MSN, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing, University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Kate Lorig, DrPH, RN, is a senior research associate in the School of Medicine, Stanford University, and the principal investigator on the Arthritis Self-Management Study.
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Abstract

The psychometric properties of two self-administered measures of function were examined: the Disability Score of the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and the Total Health Score of the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS). Data from 140 respondents were analyzed. Respondents had diagnoses of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes mellitus; resided in rural and urban areas; and were for the most part elderly, female, and white, with educational levels of high school or below. Reliabilities (test-retest and internal consistency) of both measures were high. The concurrent validity also was high. Content analysis suggested the HAQ represented the scope of nursing practice better than the AIMS. An exploratory principal components analysis confirmed that the HAQ is relevant to nursing practice.

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