Table 1

 Mean instrument scores at baseline and mean score differences between the baseline and 6 month evaluation

Mean baseline value (SD)Mean change (SD)External criterion (physician)External criterion (parent)
Improved (n = 23)Stable (n = 14)Worsened(n = 7)Improved(n = 27)Stable (n = 13)Worsened(n = 4)
*Score range: 0, best to 10, worst; the articular indices refer to the injected joints only. LROM, limited range of motion; GASS, Global Articular Severity Score; CHAQ, Childhood Health Assessment Questionnaire (score range: 0, best to 3, worst); CHQ, Child Health Questionnaire (mean (SD) norm based score for both physical and psychosocial scores: 50 (10)); ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
Physician’s global assessment*7.41 (2.05)−2.99 (3.65)−5.14−1.371.12−4.72−1.292.30
Parent’s global assessment*3.35 (2.82)−0.94 (3.07)−1.650.14−0.16−1.800.510.67
Pain assessment*3.07 (2.64)−0.37 (3.05)−1.450.160.64−1.340.842.37
No. active joints1.45 (0.66)−0.34 (1.16)−0.960.140.71−0.810.151.25
No. joints with swelling1.43 (0.70)−0.39 (1.08)−1.000.070.71−0.850.001.50
No. joints with pain/tenderness1.16 (0.75)−0.27 (1.26)−0.65−0.070.57−0.630.001.25
No. joints with LROM1.23 (0.68)−0.36 (0.94)−0.78−0.140.57−0.67−0.151.00
GASS, points5.72 (2.98)−1.77 (5.17)−3.91−0.693.29−3.52−0.757.00
Morning stiffness (minutes)37.61 (61.81)−26.87 (61.02)−32.31−32.5710.00−32.69−20.002.50
CHAQ disability index0.36 (0.49)−0.09 (0.35)−0.12−0.130.11−0.170.060.00
CHQ physical score39.67 (13.79)2.44 (12.92)4.990.92−6.004.82−0.46−7.67
CHQ psychosocial score44.52 (9.58)2.22 (7.79)4.692.01−10.104.030.37−6.77
ESR, mm/h30.33 (23.45)0.33 (23.61)−0.330.002.50−3.002.141.00
C-reactive protein, mg/dl0.13 (2.55)0.13 (2.55)−0.10−0.091.20−0.870.152.05