Relationship between spinal mobility measures and quality of life in patients with ankylosing spondylitis

Rheumatology International, 01/30/2009

Vesovic-Potic V et al. - Findings suggest that in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), spinal mobility measures are associated with physical function, general health, emotional role and mental health domains of quality of life (QoL).


  • Aim was to assess spinal mobility status and QoL of AS pts, and determine the relationship between spinal mobility and measures of clinical condition
  • 74 pts; disease specific instruments: BASMI, BASDAI, and BASFI; mobility testing: occiput-wall distance and chest expansion
  • QoL was assessed by SF-36


  • Mean age: 48.5 yrs; correlations between BASMI score and age, disease duration, symptoms duration, and BASFI observed
  • BASMI was negatively correlated with SF-36 physical function subscale, and general health subscale
  • Multivariate regression analysis: BASFI score independently associated factor with physical function domain of SF-36

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