Consequences of diseases such as arthritis can be seen very close to the underlying problem (for example pain and swelling in a particular joint), in the whole person with the disease (for example ability to perform activities of daily living like washing and dressing), or in the way the person functions in society (for example, they cannot do the shopping or go to a dance with their friends). Tools, such as questionnaires, used to measure these broader effects of a disease on life as a whole have been called life impact measures.

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