Table 4

 HAQ scores in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission both at 3 and 5 years defined by the DAS criteria

Patient groupHAQ
Baseline3-year follow-up5-year follow-upChange from baseline to 5-years
Except where otherwise indicated, p values were determined by Wilcoxon’s signed rank test.
*p<0.001, versus baseline.
Whole cohort (n = 134)
    Mean (SD)1.34 (0.70)0.56 (0.61)0.58 (0.63)−0.73 (0.73)
    Median (range)1.25 (2.75)0.37 (2.50)0.44 (3)−0.63 (4.11)
    Interquartile range0.75–1.750–0.870–0.75−1.14/−0.25
Remission group (n = 30)
    Mean (SD)1.12 (0.69)0.17 (0.36)0.12 (0.30)−0.97 (0.70)
    Median (range)1 (2.50)0.00 (1.75)*0.00 (1.50)*−0.88 (2.87)
    Interquartile range0.62–1.250–0.250–0.12−1.25/−0.5
Non-remission group (n = 104)
    Mean (SD)1.41 (0.70)0.68 (0.62)0.72 (0.64)−0.65 (0.73)
    Median (range)1.37 (2.75)0.50 (2.50)*0.62 (3)*−0.62 (4.11)
    Interquartile range0.87/1.870.12–10.25–1−1/−0.25