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Table 3 RA and CVD risk knowledge between India and UK (n = 236)

From: Cardiovascular risk knowledge in patients of South Asian origin living with rheumatoid arthritis: data from India and the UK

  India UK P value
% getting it correct % getting it correct
Overall RA related CVD risk knowledge score who got it correct for HDFQ-RA-1 38.1% 40.7% 0.618 a
  P value b
A person with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their chance of heart disease by keeping their weight under control 44.1% 51.7% 0.297
A person with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their chance of heart disease by stopping smoking 41.5% 49.2% 0.296
People with rheumatoid arthritis should not exercise because it can damage their joints 51.7% 50.0% 0.896
Anti-inflammatory medications, such as diclofenac or ibuprofen, taken by patients with rheumatoid arthritis may increase the chance of heart disease 27.1% 27.1% 1.000
Having lots of inflammation (‘flares’) of rheumatoid arthritis adds to the increased chance of heart disease 26.3% 25.4% 1.000
Overall RA related CVD risk knowledge score who got it correct for HDFQ-RA-2 27.5% 28.0% 0.912 a
  P value b
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop heart disease 16.1% 13.6% 0.715
Rheumatoid arthritis affects the balance of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol in the blood in an undesirable way 19.5% 22.0% 0.748
Long term or high doses of steroid medication taken by a person with rheumatoid arthritis may cause diabetes. 15.3% 20.3% 0.395
A person with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their chance of heart disease by keeping their cholesterol under control 43.2% 39.8% 0.692
A person with rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their chance of heart disease by keeping their blood pressure under control 43.2% 44.1% 1.000
  1. a = Kendall’s tau-b, b = Fisher’s exact test