Table 5

 Sex differences with regard to clinical variables at the 5-year follow-up

Women (n = 393)Men (n = 215)Difference
Meann (%)Meann (%)p Value
CRP, C reactive protein; DAS28, disease activity score using a 28-joint count; HAQ, Health Assessment Questionnaire; SOFI, Signals Of Functional Impairment.
*Median (25th–75th centile).
Morning stiffness50 (63)44 (67)0.31
Pain32 (27)26 (24)0.004
No activity125 (32)101 (48)
Low activity189 (49)85 (40)
Doctor’s assessment<Moderate activity65 (17)20 (9)0.001
High activity9 (2)6 (3)
/p>Maximum activity0 (0)0 (0)
DAS283.45 (1.42)2.83 (1.37)0.0005
HAQ score0.76 (0.68)0.54 (0.58)0.0005
SOFI7 (6)7 (6)0.62
CRP9 (4–13)*9 (7–13)*0.17