Criteria for assessing pain and nonarticular soft-tissue rheumatic disorders of the neck and upper limb.
OBJECTIVE: To critically review the criteria used to diagnose nonarticular soft-tissue rheumatic disorders of the neck and upper limb. METHODS: An extensive search of the literature, including a search of Medline and EMBASE, authoritative recent reviews, and relevant textbooks, was completed. The diagnostic criteria used in epidemiologic studies were compared and the reliability and validity of these criteria were assessed. RESULTS: Altogether, the search identified 117 relevant research art...Expand abstract
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