Table 5

Current non-disease modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment in outpatients with RA in rheumatological care with respect to disease severity (1998; values are percentages)

Mild (n=2797) Moderate (n=4059) Severe (n=1637) Total (n=8493)
Analgetics4.66.611.75-150 6.9
NSAIDs5-151 51.85-150 61.467.05-150 59.3
Steroids (⩽7.5 mg/day)31.35-150 51.056.85-150 45.6
Steroids (>7.5 mg/day)3.85-150 9.721.25-150 10.0
Intra-articular steroids2.25-150 7.712.25-150 6.8
Drugs against osteoporosis15.65-150 29.946.75-150 28.4
Any of these treatments81.05-150 95.698.05-150 91.3
  • 5-150 Differences from “moderate” are significant at the 0.001 level.

  • 5-151 NSAIDs - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.