Clinician Researchers

Supporting and developing clinical rheumatology researchers is an important priority for the ARHP. The purpose of the ARHP Research Subcommittee is to advance research activities of rheumatology health professionals and enhance the development of early career researchers. As part of this mission we have guided the development of the following resources and summaries for clinical researchers.

Here are a few examples of the clinical rheumatology research tools. See the full list below.

  • Evidence-based practice provides key concepts and examples of rheumatology evidence-based practice and tools for evaluating the evidence-base for therapy selections.
  • Outcomes instrumentation describes key concept outcomes of importance in rheumatology, including various symptoms, health status, and quality of life measures. This resource also includes psychometrics properties for the measures.
  • Physical therapy evaluation tools and measurements describes outcomes commonly used during therapy evaluation, particularly those with documented validity and reliability.

Clinical Research Tools

Six Minute Walk Test (SMWT)
Arthritis Impact Measurement Scales (AIMS)
Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ)
Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX)
Multidimensional Assessment of Fatigue (MAF)
Outcomes Instrumentation Introduction (OII)
Physical Therapy Evaluation Tools and Measurements (PTETM)
QuickDASH (QD)
Timed Up Go (TUG)
Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC)


There are many organizations that have developed systems for defining and sharing information related to evidence-based practice. It is not our intent to repeat that activity, but identify resources available. We do not sanction one over the other, nor do we imply that these are the only sites available from which to gather this information. See ACR Policies and Guidelines >