Table 5 Demographic and disease related factors associated with BMD loss after 1 year in the hands, hip and spine derived by multivariate analyses
VariableBMD loss in handsBMD loss in hipBMD loss in spine
β coefficientp Valueβ coefficientp Valueβ coefficientp Value
Postmenopausal status−3.170.000
CRP at baseline−0.0250.000
ΔErosions 0–1−0.120.021−0.190.004
BP use 0–12.500.0114.020.000
  • BMD, bone mineral density; BP, bisphosphonates; CRP, C-reactive protein.

  • Data are adjusted for the significant associations derived from the univariate analyses and randomisation between the four treatment groups.