Generic versus disease specific health status measures: Comparing the Sickness Impact Profile and the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales

M. Weinberger, G. P. Samsa, W. M. Tierney, M. J. Belyea, S. L. Hiner

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Abstract

Health services researchers frequently must choose between a generic health status measure, such as the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP) and a disease specific health status measure, such as the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS). In a longitudinal study of patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis, we examined the extent to which these 2 measures provide similar information. We found the SIP and AIMS to be significantly (p < 0.001) correlated for physical (0.75-0.76) and total health (0.70-0.73). Correlations for psychological health were statistically significant, albeit modest (0.37-0.40). We conclude that, for most dimensions, investigators will obtain similar information using either well validated instrument.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-546
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume19
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

Keywords

  • functional status
  • health services research
  • health status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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