CASHA - Clinical Assessment Study of the HAnd

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Funder name / reference number: Medical Research Council Program Grant, Arthritis Research UK Programe Grant (18174), North Staffordshire Primary Care Research Consortium
Year 2005-2012

Study design

Population based prospective cohort study.

Primary objective

1) To investigate long-term patterns of progression, stability, and recovery of hand pain and functional limitations in a population sample of older people with hand pain / osteoarthritis.

2) To develop predictive or potential causal models based on the dynamic relationship between symptoms and key time-independent and time-independent determinants.

3) To derive practical definitions of hand OA phenotypes for clinical application.