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Harmonising data collection from osteoarthritis studies to enable stratification: Recommendations on core data collection from an Arthritis Research UK clinical studies group

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Fraser Birrell


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© The Author 2016.Objective. Treatment of OA by stratifying for commonly used and novel therapies will likely improve the range of effective therapy options and their rational deployment in this undertreated, chronic disease. In order to develop appropriate datasets for conducting post hoc analyses to inform approaches to stratification for OA, our aim was to develop recommendations on the minimum data that should be recorded at baseline in all future OA interventional and observational studies. Methods. An Arthritis Research UK study group comprised of 32 experts used a Delphi-style approach supported by a literature review of systematic reviews to come to a consensus on core data collection for OA studies. Results. Thirty-five systematic reviews were used as the basis for the consensus group discussion. For studies with a primary structural endpoint, core domains for collection were defined as BMI, age, gender, racial origin, comorbidities, baseline OA pain, pain in other joints and occupation. In addition to the items generalizable to all anatomical sites, joint-specific domains included radiographic measures, surgical history and anatomical factors, including alignment. To demonstrate clinical relevance for symptom studies, the collection of mental health score, self-efficacy and depression scales were advised in addition to the above. Conclusions. Currently it is not possible to stratify patients with OA into therapeutic groups. A list of core and optional data to be collected in all OA interventional and observational studies was developed, providing a basis for future analyses to identify predictors of progression or response to treatment.

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Author(s): Kingsbury SR, Corp N, Watt FE, Felson DT, O'Neill TW, Holt CA, Jones RK, Conaghan PG, Arden NK, Adams J, Appleyard I, Birrell F, Blank M, Callaghan MJ, Cumming J, Chapman GJ, Halstead J, Hamilton DF, Hurley M, Martin K, Mason DJ, Nuki G, Redmond AC, Reilly K, Robinson N, Roddy E, Simpson H, Smith TO, Thomas C, Thomas E, Wilkinson J, Wise E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Rheumatology (United Kingdom)

Year: 2016

Volume: 55

Issue: 8

Pages: 1394-1402

Online publication date: 15/03/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 1462-0324

ISSN (electronic): 1462-0332

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/rheumatology/kew201


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