Reported pain is one valid indicator of clinical state which should be used in the assessment and management of children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Parents' reports of children's pain for 101 children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis differed significantly by type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. When multiple regression was used separately for pauciarticular and polyarticular classifications of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis a measure of clinical state, which reflected joint activity, morning stiffness, and overall disease activity as rated by the doctor, had a significant and independent effect upon pain reported by parents. The child's age was not significantly related to the pain reported by parents. Children's pain reports did not differ significantly between older and younger children.
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