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An assessment of self-reported health status outcomes in a nationally representative sample of elderly persons diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis: OBJECTIVES: To utilize Web TV technology as a tool to measure HRQOL of elderly persons having Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and to describe patterns in drug treatment, history of surgical procedures and socio-demo-geographic characteristics in a nationally representative sample. METHODOLOGY: Cross- sectional survey research design. Random digit dialing survey procedures were used to recruit a sample of 403 elderly individuals from across the United States. A subsample of 79 individuals having Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) completed a SF-36 (version?) survey. Eight SF-36 domain scores and Physical and Mental component summary scale scores (PCS and MCS) were computed and compared with general US population. RESULTS: Compared to the general population, our study sample performed worse with respect to nearly all the SF-36 domains except Mental health (MH) and Social Functioning (SF)
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Unformatted text preview: domains. RA is more prevalent in whites (96%) and males reported higher scores for all the eight SF-36 Domains than females. Leading 92.45% of sample exhibited use of at least one of the available OTC medications and a 58.22% of sample opted for prescription drugs whereas 52.8% opted for natural/herbal products. Significant differences (t=0.88, p=0.003) were found between males and females with respect to only PCS score. CONCLUSION: Web TV is an effective survey administration tool to measure health status, very high response rates and fewer missing values were obtained. Elderly persons used OTC medications and prescription drugs to a greater extent than herbal and natural products. Joint replacement surgery was the most common surgical intervention performed and Arthroscopy was the leading choice for surgery being considered in the future. (262 words) Correlation could not be determined as the values are not significant....
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