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Table 4 Association between the subjects’ ratings of the importance of change on transition question and improvement or worsening in category of rheumatoid arthritis status based on self-ratings guided by clinical vignettes

From: Testing the construct validity of a health transition question using vignette-guided patient ratings of health

   Base analysis Improvement allowed in those with mild self-rating at visit 1
   r = 0.26 r = 0.28
   Self-ratings guided by vignettes   Self-ratings guided by vignettes  
   Worsened Unchanged Improved Total Worsened Unchanged Improved Total
Transition Question Extremely important worsening (−7) 2 4 1 7 2 4 1 7
Very important worsening (−6) 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 3
Good deal important worsening (−5) 2 3 1 6 2 3 1 6
Little important worsening (−2) 0 2 1 3 0 2 1 3
Hardly important at all worsening (−1) 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1
No change (0) 7 26 15 48 7 21 20 48
Little important improvement (+2) 1 2 1 4 1 2 1 4
Somewhat important improvement (+3) 0 2 1 3 0 1 2 3
Moderately important improvement (+4) 1 0 2 3 1 0 2 3
Good deal important improvement (+5) 5 10 4 19 5 6 8 19
Very important improvement (+6) 2 14 9 25 2 13 10 25
Extremely important improvement (+7) 2 22 23 47 2 17 28 47
  Total 23 86 60 169 23 70 76 169