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Table 4 Relationships of disease activity and severity with systemic inflammation in all 115 African RA patients

From: Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with reduced adiposity but not with unfavorable major cardiovascular risk factor profiles and enhanced carotid atherosclerosis in black Africans from a developing population: a cross-sectional study

  C-reactive proteina Interleukin-6a
Disease activity variable Age and sex adjusted model Multivariable adjusted modelb Age and sex adjusted model Multivariable
adjusted modelb
  Partial R P Partial R P Partial R P Partial R P
Swollen jointsa 0.081 0.4 0.102 0.3 -0.136 0.2 -0.101 0.3
Tender jointsa 0.005 1.0 0.009 0.9 -0.029 0.8 -0.012 0.9
Doctor disease activitya 0.061 0.5 0.057 0.6 0.077 0.4 0.126 0.2
Patient disease activity -0.053 0.6 0.082 0.4 0.101 0.3 0.090 0.4
CDAIa 0.065 0.5 0.049 0.6 0.083 0.4 0.031 0.8
CDAI >2.7 0.069 0.5 0.088 0.4 0.129 0.2 0.163 0.1
Deformed jointsa 0.040 0.7 0.103 0.3 -0.027 0.8 -0.016 0.9
  1. aNon-normally distributed variables that were logarithmically transformed; badditionally adjusted for potential confounders of body mass index, waist:height ratio and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (see Table 3). CDAI, Clinical Disease Activity Index.