Table 1

Demographics and disease characteristics in the 103 patients with rheumatoid arthritis at baseline*. Results are shown as mean (SD), except where indicated otherwise

Age (years)55.6 (12.7)
*The range of the visual analogue scale (VAS) was from 0 (best status) to 100 (worst imaginable status).
ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
Sex (% female)69
Disease duration (months)75.9
Rheumatoid factor (% positive)87.5
Disease activity score4.6 (1.0)
Ritchie articular index17.4 (8.0)
No of painful joints (maximum 53)21.7 (11.4)
No of swollen joints (maximum 44)17.3 (7.2)
ESR (mm/1st h)42.0 (21.9)
VAS pain (0–100 mm scale)51.3 (19.3)
VAS general health (0–100 mm scale)49.3 (18.8)