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Table 5 Relationships of disease activity and severity with systemic inflammation in non- or mildly active RA.

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 0.082 0.6 0.063 0.7 -0.189 0.2 -0.147 0.3
Tender jointsa -0.067 0.6 -0.100 0.5 -0.173 0.2 -0.168 0.3
Doctor disease activitya 0.044 0.8 0.017 0.9 -0.126 0.4 -0.027 0.9
Patient disease activity -0.148 0.3 -0.139 0.3 0.070 0.6 0.011 0.9
CDAIa -0.034 0.8 -0.060 0.7 -0.143 0.3 -0.116 0.4
Deformed jointsa 0.071 0.6 0.119 0.4 -0.081 0.6 0.013 0.9
  1. Fifty-four patients had no or mild disease activity (CDAI = 0 to 10). 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.