Table 2 Approximate accumulated corticosteroid therapy previous to the inclusion in the study and during the study period
Etanercept (n = 8)Placebo (n = 9)p Value
Approximate accumulated prednisone dose previous to the study, g:0.6
    Mean (SD)5.4 (3.05)9.2 (7.3)
    Median (CI 95%)5.6 (2.6 to 8.2)6.5 (3.5 to 14.8)
Initial prednisone dose, mg:0.9
    Mean (SD)18.1 (8.8)17.5 (7.7)
    Median (CI 95%)15 (10.7 to 25.5)15 (11.6 to 23.4)
Accumulated dose at 1 year, g:0.03
    Mean (SD)1.5 (1)3 (1.5)
    Median (CI 95%)1.3 (0.6 to 2.4)3.2 (1.8 to 4.1)
  • CI, confidence interval.