Table 3

Clinical measures of disease activity in the study and control groups. Results are shown as mean (SD)

Week 01 Month7 Monthsp Value*
Study groupControl groupStudy groupControl groupStudy groupControl groupTimeGroupTime×group
*p Value using analysis of variance with repeated measures where “time” represents the behaviour of the groups over time, “Group” the differences between groups, and “Time×group” the difference between groups over the period of seven months.
For each of the measurements tested, no significant difference between groups was found.
Daytime pain3.25 (2.4)3.8 (2.1)3.1 (2.2)4 (2.3)2.6 (2)3.7 (2.2)0.180.140.76
Morning stiffness (min)38.6 (39.2)57.7 (59.1)32.5 (28.6)65.2 (68)25.8 (26.1)65.2 (68)0.10.010.1
No of tender joints4.5 (3.9)5.9 (6.1)4.1 (3.8)5.2 (4.2)3.8 (4)5 (4.6)0.120.170.24
No of swollen joints2.6 (2.1)3.36 (4)2.2 (1.6)2.9 (3.1)1.7 (1.7)2.9 (3.1)0.160.10.3
CRP (mg/l)1.71 (0.9)2.5 (2.8)1 (1)1.7 (1.8)1 (1.1)2.1 (2.3)0.10.080.08
ESR (mm/1st h)27.2 (17.5)38 (18.4)27.2 (19.8)32.8 (13.3)28 (19.732.7 (16.3)0.280.150.12