Standardised regression coefficient | |||
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No time lag | Time lag 3 months | Time lag 6 months | |

Figures represent standardised regression coefficients for the longitudinal relation between assessments of arthritis and CTX-II. The higher the value of the standardised regression coefficient, the stronger is the longitudinal relation between indices of arthritis and CTX-II. Asterisks indicate the level of significance for testing the hypothesis that the standardised regression coefficient = 0 (no relation): *p<0.05, **p<0.01, ***p<0.001. | |||

Model with three months time lag: | |||

lnCTX-II_{t} = constant + a.RF (0,1) + _{1}a.treatment (0,1) + _{2}a.RD (0,1) + _{3}b.ESR_{1}_{t-3 months} + b._{2}lnCTX-II_{t-1} + c.t + _{1}c.t_{2}^{2} | |||

Model with six months time lag: | |||

lnCTX-II_{t} = constant + a.RF (0,1) + _{1}a.treatment (0,1) + _{2}a.RD (0,1) + _{3}b.ESR_{1}_{t-6 months} + b._{2}lnCTX-II_{t-1} + c.t + _{1}c.t_{2}^{2} | |||

Small letters in italics are regression coefficients: a refers to baseline variables (fixed); b refers to longitudinal variables (time dependent), and c refers to time variables (RF, rheumatoid factor (0 = absent; 1 = present); treatment (0 = sulfasalazine; 1 = COBRA); RD, radiographic damage at baseline (0 = absent; 1 = present); lnCTX-II, the natural logarithm of CTX-II. See text for further explanations). | |||

CTX-II, collagen type II; DAS28, 28 joint disease activity score; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate. | |||

Swollen joint count | 0.17*** | 0.14** | 0.11* |

Tender joint count | 0.08 | 0.02 | 0.00 |

ESR | 0.24*** | 0.13* | 0.10 |

DAS28 | 0.22*** | 0.13* | 0.08 |