Green, DJ and Jordan, KP and Protheroe, J and van der Windt, D (2015) Development of hand phenotypes and changes in hand pain and problems over time in older people. Pain. ISSN 0304-3959

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Abstract

Hand disabilities are frequent causes of pain and disability in older people, yet knowledge regarding the characteristics and patterns of hand pain and problems over time is lacking. The main aim of this study was to identify sub-groups of older individuals with distinct presentations (phenotypes) of hand pain and function, investigate how these might change over a 6-year period, and explore what characteristics and factors are associated with long term status. The study population stemmed from the North Staffordshire Osteoarthritis Project (NorStOP), a large general population-based prospective cohort study of adults aged 50 and over. Information on hand pain and problems was collected using questionnaires at baseline, 3-years and 6-years. 5,617 participants responded at all time points and were included in the analysis. Five phenotypes were identified using Latent Transition Analysis ('least affected', 'high pain', 'poor gross function', 'high pain and poor gross function' and 'severely affected') based on 8 hand pain and functional items. The most common transition between phenotypes was from 'high pain' at baseline to 'least affected' group. There was a high level of stability for individuals classified in the 'least affected' or 'severely affected' groups at baseline. Individuals with widespread body pain, nodes, sleep problems and pain in both hands at baseline were more likely to be in a severe hand phenotype at 6-years. The results provide clinically relevant information regarding the pattern of hand pain and problems over time, and factors that predict transition to more severe hand phenotypes.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print, 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: hand conditions, pain, function, epidemiology, prognosis
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 09:45
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:07
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1285

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