Table 1

Seventeen domains of health ranked for importance by 96 patients with RA

Domain*Mean (SD) rankMedian rankOrder of domains by medianPatients giving rank 1–7 to the domain (%)Patients giving rank 1–3 to the domain (%)
Pain4.3 (4.2)2178.159.4
Functional disability6.3 (3.9)5.5264.630.2
Fatigue6.7 (4.2)6361.426.0
Physical well-being8.3 (4.9)9544.824.0
Coping8.8 (4.4)9541.716.7
Sleep8.9 (4.8)8445.813.5
Emotional well-being8.9 (4.0)9533.38.3
Being a burden to others9.0 (4.6)9.5940.615.6
Family life9.3 (5.3)101138.520.8
Satisfaction with health care9.5 (5.1)9537.518.7
Anxiety9.5 (4.5)9.5937.512.5
Ability to fulfil social role9.5 (4.6)101135.411.5
Depression10.0 (4.5)101132.39.4
Drug side effects10.1 (4.8)111533.38.3
Professional life10.2 (4.8)101133.312.5
Sexuality11.2 (5.2)121623.910.4
Socioeconomic issues11.5 (4.6)131727.15.2
  • *Domains are ordered by mean rank.