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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might lead to voice impairment through several mechanisms but its prevalence has been little investigated. RA patients attending a rheumatology outpatient clinic had joint assessments and completed the Voice Handicap Index-10 (VHI-10). A comparator group consisted of patients attending the department with other diseases. Seventy-three patients with RA and 73 comparators were recruited. Four patients with RA (5%) and one comparator (1%) had significantly abnormal VHI-10 scores. RA patients with a Disease Activity Score 28 >3.2, indicating more active disease, had significantly higher VHI-10 scores. A low prevalence of self-reported voice handicap occurs in RA and associates with more active disease.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s10067-008-0994-x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Clinical rheumatology

Publication Date

11/2008

Volume

27

Pages

1441 - 1443

Addresses

Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Imperial College London, London, UK. benjamin.fisher@imperial.ac.uk

Keywords

Humans, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Voice Disorders, Disability Evaluation, Severity of Illness Index, Prevalence, Case-Control Studies, Aged, Middle Aged, Female, Male, United Kingdom