Table 1

Demographic and clinical characteristics of 55 patients with hand osteoarthritis (HOA)

VariableHOA patients (n=55)
Age (years) (mean (SD))62.0 (8.9)
Female (number (%))48 (87.3)
BMI (kg/m2) (mean (SD))27.6 (4.5)
Symptom duration (years) (median (range))5.0 (0–55)
Painful joints upon palpation (no) (median (range))9.0 (0–30)
VAS pain (mm) (mean (SD))50 (22.6)
AUSCAN pain (0–20) (mean (SD))*9.1 (4.2)
AUSCAN stiffness (0–4) (mean (SD))*1.8 (1.1)
AUSCAN function (0–36) (mean (SD))*14.8 (7.5)
SF-36 PCS (0–100) (mean (SD))*44.6 (8.6)
  • * 52 Completed AUSCAN scores and 49 completed SF-36 were available.

  • AUSCAN, Australian/Canadian Osteoarthritis Index; BMI, body mass index; PCS, physical component summary score; SF-36, Short Form-36; VAS, visual analogue scale.