Predicting the course of functional limitation among older adults with knee pain: do local signs, symptoms and radiographs add anything to general indicators?

E Thomas, G Peat, C Mallen, L Wood, R Lacey, R Duncan, P Croft
2008 Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  
Objective: To determine the additional prognostic value of clinical history, physical examination and x-ray findings to a previously derived simple generic model (age, body mass index, anxiety and pain severity) in a cohort of older adults with knee pain. Methods: Prospective cohort study in community-dwelling adults in North Staffordshire. 621 participants (aged >50 years) reporting knee pain who attended a research clinic at recruitment and were followed up by postal questionnaire at 18
more » ... . Poor functional outcome was measured by the Physical Functioning Scale of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) at 18-month follow-up defined in 60% of participants.
doi:10.1136/ard.2007.080945 pmid:18245111 fatcat:zbclnhclfja3lkxuvoo2evcujq