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Pain in the rheumatic diseases
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  1. P W THOMPSON
  1. Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Poole, Dorset
  2. Outcomes Research Unit, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London
  1. Dr P W Thompson, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB.
  1. ALISON J CARR
  1. Poole Hospital NHS Trust, Poole, Dorset
  2. Outcomes Research Unit, Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London
  1. Dr P W Thompson, Poole Hospital, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB.

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We were very interested to read Professor Croft’s article1 about pain in the rheumatic diseases because we are interested in studying the relation between patients’ perception of disease and objective signs.2 In the daily management of a cohort of approximately 600 patients with inflammatory arthritis at Poole Hospital we noticed a dissociation between reported pain and objective measures of disease activity in a number of patients.

To further study this …

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