Table 1.

Characteristics of 18 studies comparing patient with trained assessor joint counts in rheumatoid arthritis.

SourceNo. of JointsNo. of PatientsNo. of AssessorsSame Joint Count?Blinding?
Text format
  Mason1520*453YY
  Abraham3320*321NY
  Hewlett2164501YNA
  Hanly2920*614YY
  Fransen3016584NANNA
  Dwyer3920*185NANNA
  Greenwood32††28451YY
  Figueroa2642793NNA
Mannequin format
  Stewart223830NAYY
  Prevoo2728141; 101NAY?
  Escalante14401031Y?
  Taal2338431YY
  Houssien31281001YY
  Levy36††28601YY
Both
  Stucki2816 text; 38 mannequin55NANY
  Wong25Mannequin: 50 tender joints, 48 swollen joints; Text: 20 tender joints, 18 swollen joints60NAYY
  Alarcon1336671YY
  Calvo2436601Y?
  • Tender joint count only.

  • †† Computer report.

  • * Rapid Assessment of Disease Activity in Rheumatology (RADAR) groups hand knuckles, finger knuckles, toe knuckles. NA: not available.