Table 4

The 20% and 50% improvement score at various time intervals (days) T0 = immediate improvement (within two weeks). Data are given as +/− improvement >20% (a) and >50% (b)

Prednisolone + DMARDDMARD aloneSignificance
ababab
T026/42 (61.9%)17/42 (40.4%)6/34 (17.6%)0/34 (0%)p<0.001p<0.001
T9024/42 (57.1%)14/42 (33.3%)10/34 (29.4%)0/34 (0%)p<0.02p<0.001
T18022/42 (52.4%)13/42 (31.0%)17/34 (50%)12/34 (35.3%)NSNS
T36016/42 (38.1%)8/42 (19%)14/34 (41.2%)10/34 (29.4%)NSNS