Table 4

Longitudinal data on health status in 90 patients with JIA with signs of active disease after at least 15 years of disease duration

Variables15 years23 years30 yearsp Value
Physician's global, Likert2.3 (1.1)na1.8 (0.8)0.001
No. of active joints3.0 (5.4)na1.5 (2.7)0.028
No. of joints LROM6.3 (8.8)na7.8 (11.7)0.104
ESR, mm/h14.3 (15.5)na10.8 (11.1)0.015
CRP, mg/L9.7 (13.7)na4.2 (6.1)<0.001
Patient's global, Likert2.7 (0.9)2.8 (1.0)2.9 (0.9)0.359
HAQ0.4 (0.5)0.4 (0.5)0.5 (0.5)0.184
SF-36 PCS45.2 (10.3)45.3 (10.1)44.5 (9.9)0.580
SF-36 MCS51.9 (8.6)49.8 (10.9)50.5 (10.1)0.291
  • Numbers are mean values (SD).

  • CRP, C reactive protein; ESR, erythrocyte sedimentation rate; JIA, juvenile idiopathic arthritis; HAQ, Health Assessment Questionnaire; LROM, limited range of motion; na, not applicable;

  • SF-36 MCS, Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 Mental Component Score; SF-36 PCS, Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 Physical Component Score.