Table 4

 Reported use of drugs in 1994 and 2001 (percentages (95% CI)) and comparisons between patients with and without priority for improvement in pain

% UsersPain improvement
1994200119942001
(n = 932)(n = 830)With priority (n = 646)Without priority (n = 286)p ValueWith priority (n = 565)Without priority (n = 265)p Value
Significant improvement (non-overlapping confidence intervals) is indicated in italics.
NSAIDs45.2 (42.0 to 48.4) 37.1 (33.8 to 40.4) 49.136.4<0.00138.933.20.11
Coxibs 15.2 (12.8 to 17.6) 17.510.20.002
Analgesics25.1 (22.3 to 27.9)26.9 (23.9 to 29.9)26.322.40.2029.621.10.01
Corticosteroids40.8 (37.6 to 44.0)42.8 (39.4 to 46.2)42.038.10.2744.838.50.10
DMARDs36.5 (33.4 to 39.6) 47.8 (44.4 to 51.2) 37.833.60.2250.342.60.04
TNF blocking agents3.1 (−0.1 to 6.9)3.03.40.59