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Table 4 Variables (from 2010) associated with an improvement in physical activity level between 2010 and 2017 (n = 211) vs. not meeting MVPA recommendations at any occasion (n = 116). A logistic regression model adjusted for age, gender, and smoking habits

From: Physical activity in established rheumatoid arthritis and variables associated with maintenance of physical activity over a seven-year period – a longitudinal observational study

2010   na OR 95% CI p-value
Age   322 0.963 0.945–0.981 < 0.001
Gender men 97 1   
  women 225 1.061 0.628–1.972 0.826
Smoking habits Non smoker 125 1   
  Smoker 59 0.732 0.379–1.416 0.355
  Previous smoker 138 0.683 0.403–1.156 0.155
Disease duration, years   322 0.991 0.931–1.054 0.764
BMI 18.5–24.9, % 105 1   
  < 18.5, % 3 1.964 0.166–23.159 0.592
  25.0–29.9, % 130 0.829 0.427–1.458 0,516
  ≥30, % 62 0.555 0.276–1.116 0.099
Cardiovasc no 171 1   
  yes 144 0.623 0.371–1.048 0.074
Pulmonary no 283 1   
  yes 34 1.111 0.523–2.357 0.785
TJC   318 0.946 0.906–0.987 0.011
SJC   314 0.956 0.908–1.006 0.082
PatGA (0–10)   311 0.904 0.812–1.006 0.065
Pain (0–10)   315 0.915 0.826–1.015 0.094
Fatigue (0–10)   317 0.929 0.852–1.012 0.092
HAQ (0–3)   322 0.719 0.463–1.116 0.141
EQ 5D (0–1)   310 3.773 1.059–13.441 0.041
Tender regions (0–18)   322 0.926 0.867–0.988 0.020
DMARD No DMARD 50 1   
  cDMARDb 166 1.180 0.583–2.387 0.645
  Biologicb 85 1.401 0.650–3.021 0.390
  Only CS 13 1.263 0.326–4.897 0.735
  1. a included in the multivariate analyses, bwith and without corticosteroids
  2. BMI Body mass index, TJC Tender joint count, SJC Swollen joint count, PatGA Patient Global Assessment, NRS Numeric rating scale, HAQ Health Assessment Questionnaire, EQ. 5D Euroqol 5 Dimensions, DMARDs Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, cDMARDs Conventional DMARDs, CS Corticosteroids