Table 1

 Demographic and clinical variables of patients included in the study at the start of treatment

VariableNumber of patients evaluated (%)MeanSDPatients affected No (%)
*Defined by radiological sacroiliitis.
SJC, swollen joint count; TJC, tender joint count; VAS pain, visual analogue scale for pain (0–10 cm); VAS patient, patient’s assessment of global disease on a visual analogue scale (0–10 cm); VAS physician, physician’s assessment of global disease on a visual analogue scale (0–10 cm); HAQ, Health Assessment Questionnaire; CRP, C reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation ratio; PASI, Psoriasis Area and Severity Index.
Age (years)69 (100)42.512.8
Weight (kg)66 (96)72.714.7
SJC68 (99)13.510.7
TJC68 (99)20.712.4
VAS pain (cm)68 (99)5.92.0
VAS patient (cm)69 (100)6.21.6
VAS physician (cm)66 (96)5.81.4
HAQ68 (99)1.50.6
CRP (mg/l)58 (84)23.518.9
ESR (mm/1st h)67 (97)38.426.2
PASI15 (22)5.76.5
Arthritis of large joints
    Hip68 (99)10 (15)
    Knee68 (99)40 (59)
    Hip and/or knee68 (99)46 (68)
Axial involvement*64 (93)20 (31)
Erosive arthritis69 (100)49 (71)