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International Journal of Rheumatology
Volume 2015, Article ID 834070, 4 pages
Research Article

Improving the Measurement of Disease Activity for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Validation of an Electronic Version of the Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3

1Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, USA
2Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA
3Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, Hanover, NH, USA

Received 10 September 2015; Accepted 21 October 2015

Academic Editor: Malcolm Smith

Copyright © 2015 Ruthie M. Chua et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. An electronic Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID 3) was incorporated into our electronic health records (EHRs) which did not replicate the visual presentation of the paper version. This study validated the electronic RAPID 3 compared to the paper version. Methods. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients () completed both the electronic RAPID 3 online in the week prior to and a paper version on the day of their clinic visit. Results. Paired t-test showed no significant difference ( value = 0.46) between versions. Conclusion. The electronic version of RAPID 3 is valid and can be easily integrated in care of RA patients.