An approach to developing criteria for the clinical diagnosis and classification of osteoarthritis: A status report of the American Rheumatism Association Diagnostic Subcommittee on osteoarthritis

R. D. Altman, R. F. Meenan, M. C. Hochberg

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In May, 1981 a Subcommittee of the American Rheumatism Association on the diagnosis of osteo-arthritis (OA), was created to improve the understanding of OA through the development of more specific criteria for diagnosis. Such criteria, if uniformly employed, would promote consistency in the reporting and interpretation of both research and clinical studies. After preliminary discussions in June, the committee identified 2 separate objectives. The first was to establish clinical criteria for the diagnosis of OA, using techniques developed by prior diagnostic subcommittees. The second objective was to create a classification for the various subgroups of OA. By these means, the Committee hoped to clarify and standardize the definition of OA with ultimate improvement in research directions and clinical communications. During the discussion on the committee's activities and in the context of several reports presented at on OA workshop in Kingston, it was apparent that more uniform definitions and criteria are very much needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 13 1983


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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