Table 2

Trends for the psychological distress and disease activity variables during the first 5 years after being diagnosed with RA

No of participants nDepressed mood (range 0–24) M (SD), %*Anxiety (range 10–40) M (SD), %*Thompson (range 0–534) M (SD)ESR (range 0–145) M (SD)
Baseline5455.4 (4.8), 45%20.7 (6.4), 36%146.0 (103.3)41.1 (27.8)
6 months51873.4 (93.1)26.0 (22.3)
12 months5353.6 (4.1), 28%18.9 (6.2), 29%59.6 (84.6)25.0 (22.2)
18 months48652.4 (76.3)22.6 (19.6)
24 months5133.3 (4.0), 28%18.2 (5.6), 22%48.5 (74.5)22.0 (18.5)
30 months44144.5 (74.0)21.1 (18.4)
36 months4533.5 (4.2), 26%18.8 (6.4), 25%40.3 (69.4)20.5 (18.0)
42 months38437.7 (62.1)20.5 (17.0)
48 months3913.0 (3.7), 26%18.4 (6.1), 22%36.7 (65.7)19.8 (17.8)
54 months31337.8 (71.2)19.1 (15.8)
60 months3023.0 (3.8), 26%18.1 (6.0), 23%36.9 (66.5)20.6 (17.0)
  • M, mean; n, the number of participants providing scores on each time point for one or more of the dependent variables.

  • * Percentage of patients scoring ≥6 for depressed mood and ≥23 for anxiety.47

  • RA, rheumatoid arthritis.