Natural History of Rheumatic Diseases in Minority Communities

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified July 2013 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00024479
First received: September 14, 2001
Last updated: March 14, 2014
Last verified: July 2013
  Purpose

This study will explore the causes of rheumatic diseases and why many of them affect certain minority communities more severely. Rheumatic diseases may cause joint pain, stiffness or swelling. Some can involve bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments. Some cause abnormalities of the immune system the body s defense against disease. Some rheumatic diseases are painful or deforming and some can be life threatening. Information obtained from this study will be used to learn about the disparities in rheumatic disease in the minority community and to design further, more targeted, research studies to address this issue.

Patients with known or suspected rheumatic disease 18 years of age or older may be eligible for this study. Candidates will undergo a medical history and physical examination to confirm the diagnosis of rheumatic disease and determine what is needed for evaluation and treatment.

Participants will receive standard medical care for rheumatic disease and arthritis. No experimental treatments, medications or procedures will be included in this study. Procedures may include routine blood tests for blood chemistries, cell counts, and antibodies commonly found in patients with rheumatic disease; a urine test for proteins and cells; and X-rays and other imaging tests to check for abnormalities in the lungs or other organs. All medical information will be kept confidential.

Patients who are found to be eligible for other current NIH research studies will be offered an opportunity to participate in these studies.


Condition
Rheumatic Disease

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Studies of the Natural History of Rheumatic Disease in Minority Communities

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 99999999
Study Start Date: September 2001
Detailed Description:

This protocol will permit the evaluation and treatment of subjects who are members of the

minority community, for the purpose to facilitate understanding the pathogenesis and natural history of rheumatic diseases in this community. Patients will be evaluated with a history and physical examination and routine laboratory studies will be obtained as needed to assess diagnosis, disease activity, disease complications and to monitor for treatment related responses and toxicities. Patients eligible for other research protocols will be offered an opportunity to participate in these studies by signed informed consent. Any medical care recommended or provided to the patient will be consistent with routine standards of practice and will be provided in consultation with the patient s referring physician. All patients referred to this study must have a primary care provider provide a referral. The establishment of this protocol will provide a means to evaluate and treat patients in the minority community, and to generate hypotheses and protocols based on this clinical experience that will address questions of health disparities in the rheumatic diseases.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Subjects with known or suspected rheumatic disease.

Age greater than or equal to 18 years.

Willingness and capacity to provide informed consent.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Patients who cannot meet the inclusion criteria.

  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00024479

Contacts
Contact: Michael M Ward, M.D. (301) 496-7263 wardm1@mail.nih.gov

Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010    prpl@mail.cc.nih.gov   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Michael M Ward, M.D. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)