Table 2

 Patients seen at the different times by the rheumatologists (quartiles)

Quartiles of patients seen by rheumatologists (number of valid responses)
1997 (n = 56)2000 (n = 44)2003 (n = 46)
Total No of patients with RA seen90; 200; 300 (55)70; 150; 300 (43)100; 200; 400 (45)
Average number of annual visits3; 4; 6 (50)3; 4; 4.5 (43)2.5; 4; 5 (46)
Patients with early RA seen10; 20; 35 (55)10; 18; 50 (43)10; 26; 40 (45)
Percentage of patients with early RA5; 11.3; 20 (54)7.7; 13.7; 20 (42)6.9; 10; 16.3 (44)