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Table 1 Self-reported demographic and social background of patients 20–65 years who participated in this study on adaptation to newly diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis (n = 95)

From: What predicts negative effects of rheumatoid arthritis? A follow-up two years after diagnosis

  PSP, baseline PSP, 24 months Diff within group NPSP, baseline NPSP, 24 months Diff within group Diff at baseline Diff at 24 months
  (n = 41)    (n = 54)     
Men 7 (17%) 16 (30%) 0.16
Women 34 (83%) 38 (70%)  
Mean age, years (SD) 44.4 (11.2)    50.4 (10.5)    0.0060  
Born in Sweden 35 (85%) 47/52 (90%) 0.46
Marital status:    0.96    0.91 <0.001 <0.001
Married 13 (32%) 12 (29%)   39 (72%) 41 (76%)    
Unmarried 15 (37%) 15 (37%)   8 (15%) 7 (13%)    
Divorced/widowed 13 (32%) 14 (34%)   7 (13%) 6 (11%)    
Living with partner 21 (51%) 18 (44%) 0.29 42 (78%) 42 (78%) 1.00 0.018 0.003
Living alone 17 (42%) 15 (37%)   9 (17%) 9 (17%)    
Living with children 23/39 (59%) 19 (48%) 0.26 21 (39%) 19/53 (36%) 0.75 0.056 0.30
Educational level:        0.31
Compulsory school 12 (32%) 16 (31%)  
High school 15 (41%) 14 (28%)  
University 10 (27%) 21 (41%)  
Employed 22 (54%) 17 (41%) 0.31 42 (78%) 39 (72%) 0.080 0.004 0.005
On early pension/long-term sick-leave 14 (34%) 21 (51%)   4 (7%) 11 (20%)    
Other 5 (12%) 3 (7%)   8 (15%) 4 (7%)    
Difficult financial situation 10 (24%) 14 (34%) 0.94 0 (0%) 2 (4%) 0.50 <0.001 <0.001
Financial problems* 10 (24%) 18 (44%) 0.062 2 (4%) 2 (4%) 1.00 0.004 <0.001
Own their residence 20 (74%) 21 (51%) 0.83 36 (67%) 35 (65%) 0.84 0.079 0.18
Social support:         
From workmates 19/33 (58%) 17/33 (52%) 0.62 30/46 (65%) 36/48 (75%) 0.30 0.48 0.029
Outside family and work 35 (85%) 34 (83%) 0.76 46/52 (89%) 51/54 (94%) 0.32 0.66 0.095
Affinity with workmates 18/33 (55%) 20/34 (59%) 0.72 37/46 (80%) 43/48 (90%) 0.21 0.014 0.001
Good relationship with ≥ 3 workmates 10/33 (30%) 16/33 (48%) 0.13 23/47 (49%) 32/48 (67%) 0.080 0.096 0.10
  1. Figures at baseline and after 24 months.
  2. (Results given as numbers and percentages unless otherwise is stated).
  3. *Have had difficulties paying bills during the last 12 months.
  4. PSP = Patients with psychosocial problems.
  5. NPSP = Patients with no psychosocial problems.