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February 1990

Assessment of Functional Ability in Patients With Fibromyalgia

Author Affiliations

Wichita, Kan

Arch Intern Med. 1990;150(2):460. doi:10.1001/archinte.1990.00390140154034

To the Editor.—We were distressed to read Dr Roth's comments regarding our research in the editor's correspondence section of the March 1989 issue of the Archives.1 Dr Roth's letter reflects a flagrant disregard for accuracy in citation, facts, and data. Dr Roth may have heard an informal presentation of part of our paper "at a national databank meeting" in March 1988. But, if he meant to cite our abstract, 2 he could not have obtained information on "wrist weakness" since no mention of the wrist occurs. A correct citation is to our full-length publication that was available to Dr Roth in September 1988, and, which, we hope, that he had read before writing about our research.3 The purposes of our research study were (1) to assess functional ability in patients with fibromyalgia using a standardized method of assessment, (2) to obtain information regarding their life-time work history,

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