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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of all patients and comparison between hospitalised vs non-hospitalised patient groups

From: The fast-track outpatient clinic significantly decreases hospitalisation rates among polymyalgia rheumatica patients

  All Patients
N 310
Group A
Hospitalised
N 54
Group B
Non-Hospitalised
N 256
Group A vs B
P values
Age (years) mean ± SD 71.63 ± 7.79 74.11 ± 8.24 71.12 ± 7.61 0.010
Gender-female(%) 56.1%% 56.6% 56.0% 1
Duration of symptoms before the admission (weeks)
mean ± SD
11.36 ± 11.54 6.94 ± 5.60 12.37 ± 12.30 0.001
CRP (mg/lt) mean ± SD 55.37 ± 46.50 99.53 ± 59.36 45.82 ± 36.96 <  0.00001
Morning stiffness duration > 45 min 94.8% 98.1% 94.1% 0.220
Hip pain or limited range of motion 71.3%% 78.8% 69.8% 0.182
RF and ACPA negative 96.1%% 98.1% 95.7% 0.675
Absence of other joint involvement 71.9% 71.7% 72.0% 1
Initial prednisolone dose(mg) mean ± SD 18.49 ± 8.50 20.75 ± 10.02 18.01 ± 8.08 0.030
  1. SD Standard deviation, CRP C-reactive protein, RF Rheumatoid factor, Anti-CCP Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide