Table 1

Frequently reported PROs in RA versus PROs proposed by different viewpoints

Domains of health assessed by PROsFrequency of reporting in 50 trials according to a systematic literature review (%)13PROs in the enlarged Core Set of variables to report in RA trials14–17Domains of health most important for patients with RA20–23
Patient global assessment74Yes*
Functional capacity90YesYes
Health-related quality of life22
Psychological distress4Yes
Ability to cope10Yes
Work and social lifeProductivity loss 2Yes
  • *Patient global assessment is not identified as a concept that is important for patients with RA, in qualitative studies.

  • PROs, patient-reported outcomes; RA, rheumatoid arthritis.