Table 2

Frequency distribution of the outcome of the core set variables after six months of MTX treatment

VariablesImproved2-150
n (%)
Not improved
n (%)
MD global59 (53)52 (47)
Parent global80 (72)31 (28)
Functional assessment41 (37)70 (63)
No of joints with LROM61 (55)50 (45)
No of active joints67 (60)44 (40)
ESR65 (59)46 (41)
  • 2-150 Defined as ⩾30% improvement from baseline values. Abbreviations as in table 1.