Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Aging Medical Information System (ARAMIS)

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Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Aging Medical Information System (ARAMIS)

Since chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer are among major public health concerns, Stanford University School of Medicine developed this information system in 1975-76 and is funded by AHRQ (then the National Center for Health Services Research),to understand their cumulative risk factors and antecedents. ARAMIS, which began in the mid-1970s, was the first large-scale chronic disease data bank system, consisting of time-oriented, multidisciplinary longitudinal data, prospectively collected on consecutive patients and describing their clinical courses, as well as providing a systematic anthology of patient reported outcome (PRO) data. The ARAMIS database includes around 17,000 patients with arthritis as well as older adults without arthritis. These patients are followed for life, and researchers are continuing to conduct studies on their diseases, care practices, medical and surgical treatments, and costs.

ARAMIS utilizes the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) to collect patient-centered chronic disease outcomes data, also called patient reported outcome (PRO) data, including morbidity, mortality, side effects of the treatment, etc. Now ARAMIS continues to provide improved methods to the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatology and try to elevate patients' quality of life. Several related projects were proposed and implemented. One is ARAMIS Post-Marketing System (ARAMIS-PMS), which is to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for rheumatic disease after the treatments are used in practice. Another is Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS), which is to provide improved health assessment for chronic illnesses from the patients' perspective.


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