Table 6

Correlations (Spearman) with 95% confidence limits of disease clinical activity of RA, radiographic joint damage (Larsen score), and HAQ disability score at the onset of the treatment and at the end of the study in the patients with early RA treated with “sawtooth” strategy for a mean of six years

HAQ score at onset (n=134)HAQ score at end (n=130)
At onset
 swollen joint count 0.33 (0.17 to 0.48) 0.15 (−0.02 to 0.32)
 tender joint count 0.39 (0.24 to 0.52) 0.25 (0.08 to 0.40)
 ESR 0.22 (0.05 to 0.37)−0.00 (−0.17 to 0.17)
 Mallya score 0.42 (0.28 to 0.56) 0.14 (−0.03 to 0.30)
 Larsen score−0.03 (−0.20 to 0.14) 0.01 (−0.16 to 0.18)
 disease duration −0.23 (−0.39 to −0.06)−0.04 (−0.21 to 0.13)
 HAQ score 0.32 (0.15 to 0.47)
At the latest visit
 Larsen score 0.31 (0.15 to 0.46) 0.51 (0.37 to 0.63)
 disease duration 0.06 (−0.11 to 0.23) 0.23 (0.05 to 0.38)