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Table 2 Characteristics of the patients split by gender

From: Reported disability in relation to observed activity limitation, grip strength and physical function in women and men with rheumatoid arthritis

  Women
n = 51
Men
n = 49
p-value
Age (years) 58 (20) 66 (14) 0.008
Disease duration (years) 5 (8) 5 (9) 0.590
RF positive, n (%) 44 (86) 34 (69) 0.042
DAS28 2.65 (1.31) 2.52 (1.55) 0.450
HAQ1 0.50 (0.88) 0.25 (0.84) 0.038
Grip force right, N 117 (89) 241 (158) < 0.001
Grip force left, N 104 (105) 245 (131) < 0.001
Grip force mean right + left, N 126 (84) 238 (146) < 0.001
SOFI hands 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 (3.0) 0.663
SOFI arms 0 (1.0) 0 (2.0) 0.303
SOFI legs 1.9 (3.0) 1.3 (2.7) 0.283
SOFI index 0 (3.0) 0 (2.0) 0.277
cDMARDs, n (%) 24 (47) 31 (63) 0.103
bDMARDs, n (%) 27 (53) 18 (37)
  1. Values are median (IQR), or numbers (%); p-values are differences between women and men
  2. RF rheumatoid factor, n numbers, DAS28 disease activity score calculated on 28 joints, HAQ1 Health Assessment Questionnaire reported at baseline, N Newton, SOFI Signals of Functional Impairment, cDMARDs conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, bDMARDs biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs