Table 1

 Patient baseline characteristics before treatment

DMARDs, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs; NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; RA, rheumatoid arthritis; RF, rheumatoid factor.
Total enrolled549
Mean age (years)53
Women (%)79
Patients on prior NSAIDs (%)87
Patients on prior corticosteroids (%)84
Mean no of prior DMARDs3.3
No of tender joints31.0
No of swollen joints22.4
RF+ (%)86.4
Mean RA duration (years)7.4