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Table 3 Baseline characteristics between the patient cohorts before and after implementation of the FTC

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

  Diagnosed during the period
2013–2017
Diagnosed after the implementation of FTC P values
Number of patients 254 56  
Age (years) mean ± SD 71.60 ± 8.04 71.79 ± 6.6 0.861
Gender (female) 57.9%% 48.2% 0.233
Duration of symptoms (weeks)
mean ± SD
12.30 ± 12.30 6.79 ± .72 0.001
CRP (mg/lt) mean ± SD 55.10 ± 48.41 56,5 ± 37.2 0.830
Morning stiffness 94.9% 92.7% 0.527
Hip pain or limited range of motion 73.4% 61.8% 0.149
RF and anti-CCP negative 95.3% 100% 0.133
Absence of other joint involvement 71.3% 75% 0.627
Initial prednisolone dose (mg) mean ± SD 18.37 ± 8.33 19,2 ± 9.25 0.550
Hospitalised n(%) 52 (20.4%) 2 (3.5%) 0.001
Inpatient days of care mean ± SD 4.15 ± 3.1 1 ± 0 <  0.00001
  1. FTC Fast track clinic, SD Standard deviation, CRP C-reactive protein, RF Rheumatoid factor, Anti-CCP Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide