Table 1

 Baseline characteristics of the 698 patients

Mean (SD)n (%)
CCP, cyclic citrullinated peptide; CRP, C reactive protein; DAS28, disease activity score using a 28-joint count; HAQ, health assessment questionnaire; RF, rheumatoid factor; SOFI, signals of functional impairment.
*Median (25/75 centiles).
Age (years)58 (15)
Sex, women446 (64)
Disease duration (months)6.2 (3.2)
Smoking, previous or current385 (55)
Anti-CCP positivity373 (56)
RF positivity400 (60)
Morning stiffness (min)126 (123)
Pain (0–100 mm VAS)46 (24)
Doctor’s assessment
    No activity8 (1)
    Low activity155 (23)
    Moderate activity383 (57)
    High activity118 (18)
    Maximum activity7 (1)
DAS28 (0–10)5.27 (1.25)
HAQ score (0–3)1 (0.65)
SOFI (0–44)8 (6)
CRP (mg/l)20 (7/50)*